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Emily Sun

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232802

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823232802.001.0001

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Poetry against Indifference Responding to “The Discharged Soldier”

Poetry against Indifference Responding to “The Discharged Soldier”

(p.108) 3. Poetry against Indifference Responding to “The Discharged Soldier”
Succeeding King Lear

Emily Sun

Fordham University Press

In this chapter the author focuses on one particular “encounter poem,” perhaps the earliest one that Wordsworth wrote that would fit the criteria of the “encounter poem,” however defined. Wordsworth wrote “The Discharged Soldier” between January and March of 1798 at a crucial moment in his career: around the time of finishing “The Ruined Cottage” and conceiving of The Recluse project, and shortly before writing many of the poems that would go into Lyrical Ballads. As a generic term, the “encounter poem” may have a source or at least significant antecedent in Frederick Garber's 1971 Wordsworth and the Poetry of Encounter, which examines Wordsworth's poems as self-conscious epistemological exercises in which the poet reflects on the operations of his own mind in its encounter with various objects.

Keywords:   encounter poem, The Discharged Soldier, The Recluse, Wordsworth, Frederick Garber

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