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“. . . Religious belief is the only territory where William Wordsworth’s ‘prose mind’ (public and private, expressed in written and oral, formal and informal discourse) hardly ever ventured, though his ‘poetic mind’ hardly ever left it. . .” Beginning with one statistical curiosity, and concluding with another, this essay provides a synopsis of several strands of the argument developed in the first “quatrain” (particularly chapters One, Three, and Four) of The Presence of God in the Works of William Wordsworth.
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