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Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia : Revue publiée par les Sections romane, italienne et anglaise de la Faculté des Lettres de l’Université de Zagreb, Vol.53 No.- May 2009. -

The question of language in Wordsworthian criticism focuses today on the description

of the difference within and between written and spoken discourses. Though

Wordsworth was fascinated with all kinds of written language, he is also a poet of

speech -a man speaking to men- 1800 Preface to Lyrical Ballads with -another ear-

for the sounds and voices around him. The multifarious occurrences of sound-voice,

as metonymic images of speech, do not serve only as a backdrop to Wordsworth’s

expression of the self but are a dynamic force shaping and aff ecting the -I- of the

poet. This paper looks at some of the greatest Wordsworth’s poems such as The Prelude,

the Intimations Ode, Tintern Abbey, Resolution and Independence, to see how

the self grows from the child’s silent reading of -the eternal deep-, where his -mute

dialogues- do not refer to the absence of voice but rather to -a communication, …

a speech deprived of speech, language deprived of speaking- Warminski1987: 23

into the self of a poet-prophet hearing the voices to which others were oblivious – the

voices of the poor and the oppressed in the heat of the French Revolution.

language; sound-voice; individual vs. social self; covenant between mind and nature

Autor: Martina Domines Veliki - ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb,



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