William Wordsworth

Helen Darbishire and Ernest De Selincourt (eds), The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. 3: Miscellaneous Sonnets; Memorials of Various Tours; Poems to National Independence and Liberty; The Egyptian Maid; The River Duddon Series; The White Doe and Other Narrative Poems; Ecclesiastical Sonnets (Second Edition)

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Critical ApparatusI

[Composed?—Published 1827.]

  • 1Scorn not the Sonnet; Critic, you have frowned,
  • 2Mindless of its just honours; with this key
  • 3Shakspeare unlocked his heart; the melody
  • 4Of this small lute gave ease to Petrarch's wound;
  • 5A thousand times this pipe did Tasso sound;
  • Critical Apparatus6With it Camöens soothed an exile's grief;
  • 7The Sonnet glittered a gay myrtle leaf
  • 8Amid the cypress with which Dante crowned
  • pg 219His visionary brow: a glow-worm lamp,
  • 10It cheered mild Spenser, called from Faery-land
  • 11To struggle through dark ways; and, when a damp
  • 12Fell round the path of Milton, in his hand
  • 13The Thing became a trumpet; whence he blew
  • 14Soul-animating strains—alas, too few!

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Critical Apparatus
p. 20. Part II. I. Scorn not the sonnet, etc: "Composed, almost extempore, in a short walk on the western side of Rydal Lake."—I. F.
Critical Apparatus
PART II. I. 6 so 1837: Camoëns soothed with it 1827–32.
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