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Quentin Bailey's Wordsworth's Vagrants: Police, Prisons, and Poetry in the PDF

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By Quentin Bailey

Wordsworth's Vagrants explores the poet's therapy of the 'idle and disorderly' within the context of the penal legislation of the 1790s, while the fear of the French Revolution prompted a crackdown at the beggars and vagrants who roamed the English geographical region. From his paintings at the Salisbury undeniable poems via to the poetry approximately vagrants, beggars, and lunatics in Lyrical Ballads, Quentin Bailey argues, Wordsworth tried to visualize a manner of when it comes to the vagrant and felony terrible which could problem the systematizing impulses of William Pitt and Jeremy Bentham. while writers had formerly depended on sensibility and fellow-feeling to bare the proper ordering of society, Wordsworth used to be writing in a interval within which legislators, magistrates, and commentators agreed extra aggressively interventionist procedure and new institutional recommendations have been had to take on criminal activity and identify a disciplined and obedient staff. Wordsworth's curiosity in person psychology and solitude, Bailey indicates, grew out of his particular expertise of the Bloody Code and the discussions surrounding it. His research deals a fashion of analyzing Wordsworth's poetry that's delicate to his early radicalism yet which doesn't equate socio-political engagement exclusively with help for the French Revolution.

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