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Record 1869

Reading Experience:

Duncan Wu identifies poem transcribed in Wordsworth Commonplace Book and opening 'Sweet scented flow'r! who'rt wont to bloom / On January's front severe ... ' as Henry Kirke White, "To the herb Rosemary".
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Feb 1804 and 28 Feb 1804
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reading Group:Wordsworth Family
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Unknown
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Various
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Kirke White
Title: To the Herb Rosemary
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Manuscript: UnknownUnknown
Publication details: 1803
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 1869  
Source - Print  
  Author: Duncan Wu
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1995
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 241
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Duncan Wu, Wordsworth's Reading 1800-1815 (Cambridge, 1995), p. 241,, accessed: 27 January 2023

Additional comments:

Noted in entry 424 (i) of Wu (1995), which conjectures possible date of transcription as c.21 Feb 1804 and suggests Henry Kirke White, Clifton Grove: A Sketch in Verse, with Other Poems (1803) and Southey's review of this in The Annual Review 2 (1803) 552-54 (in which poem reproduced) as possible sources.



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