The Intelligible Ode - Graham Davidson

The Intelligible Ode

Intimations of Paradise

From its first
publication, what is now known as the Immortality Ode has been praised for the
magnificence of its verse and disparaged for its paucity of meaning - the
'immortality' of the subtitle unsubstantiated, and the 'recollections'
insubstantial. Les mer
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From its first
publication, what is now known as the Immortality Ode has been praised for the
magnificence of its verse and disparaged for its paucity of meaning - the
'immortality' of the subtitle unsubstantiated, and the 'recollections'
insubstantial. Yet Wordsworth's idea of immortality has clear precedents in the
seventeenth century, and recollections of childhood are Traherne's starting
point for the recovery of a lost vision comparable to Wordsworth's. Via the
power of the imagination, or reason, they believed they could experience a
renewed vision that both termed variously Paradise, or infinity, or

Graham Davidson
traces the origins of Wordsworth's poetic impetus to his resistance to the
Cartesian division between mind and nature, first adumbrated by the Cambridge
Platonists. If reunited, Paradise was regained, but this personal trajectory
was tempered by a deep sympathy for the woes of mortal life. Davidson explores
the consequent dialogue through some of Wordsworth's best-known poems, at the
heart of which is the Ode. In the last section, he demonstrates how
Wordsworth's publishing history led the Victorians and modernists to
misinterpret his work; if one considers Eliot's Four Quartets as odes,
facing several of the same problems as did Wordsworth, there is some irony in
Eliot's dismissal of the Immortality Ode as 'verbiage'.

Forlag: Lutterworth Press
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780718896430

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«Many attempts have been made to fit Wordsworth's thought to the various templates of Anglicanism, Methodism, Pantheism, or to the very different philosophies of Locke, Berkeley or Kant. But, bar that of Plato, he avowed no 'ism'. Davidson demonstrates that the framework of Wordsworth's thinking closely matches, and might be derived from, that of the very undogmatic Cambridge Platonists." Douglas Hedley, Professor of the Philosophy of Religion, University of Cambridge "A thorough investigation of the merits of Wordsworth's Intimations Ode from which any reader will learn. Freshly conceived, meticulously worked through, probing, respectful, exciting: a book to send readers back to the poem enlivened." James C.C. Mays, Emeritus Professor of Modern English and American poetry, University College Dublin "The fruit of a lifetime's engagement with Wordsworth, this is a deeply pondered, questioning study, full of insight into the poet's endless struggle to shape his thoughts. Of particular interest is how Davidson tackles Wordsworth's enigmatic 'life of things' and its relationship to the thing itself. Uniquely, his study of Traherne illustrates how the progress of the Ode follows the pattern of Traherne's thought." David Fairer, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Leeds "In this strikingly original discussion of Wordsworth's major poems, free of theoretical obfuscation, Graham Davidson persuasively demonstrates that the poet's refusal to publish his work in chronological order, and The Prelude in his lifetime, resulted in the failure of the Victorians and the Modernists, especially Eliot, to understand fully what he had done." Stephen Gill, Supernumerary Fellow, Lincoln College Oxford    »





Part I: Patterns

1 A Philosophical Framework: Understanding the

2 Expostulation and Reply: The Tables Turned

3 Tintern Abbey: His First and Happiest Ode

4 Geometry, Poetry and the Sublime of Man


Part II: Principles

5 Intimations

6 Recollections


Part III: A Crisis: The Poems of 1802

7 Several Kinds of Poem

8 Heaven and Earth


Part IV: Reading the Ode

9 Origins

10 Verse, Grammar and Imagery

11 Competing Forces

12 Stanzas I-IV: The Statement of Loss     

13 Stanzas V-VIII: The Analysis of Loss

14 Stanzas IX-X: Recovery

15 Stanza XI: Resolution


Part V: Looking Forward into History

16 Poems Published and Unpublished

17 What if? A Counterfactual Reading





Graham Davidson was the editor of The Coleridge Bulletin for
twenty-five years, to which he contributed regularly. He has also published in The
Charles Lamb Bulletin, The Wordsworth Circle, Romanticism, and
The Philological Quarterly. He has made contributions to Coleridge's
Assertion of Religion, Coleridge in the West Country, The Bible
in English Literature and Revisioning Cambridge Platonism. His first
book, Coleridge's Career, was published in 1990.