The Grasmere Journals

The Grasmere Journals

by Dorothy Wordsworth

Dorothy Wordsworth's The Grasmere Journals, begun in May 1800 while at Dove Cottage, and continued for nearly three years until January 1803, is perhaps the best-loved of all journals.

It also offers rich explanatory notes, containing much new detail on friends and family, the scarcely-known people of the Grasmere valley, the books that were read, and the connections with William Wordsworth's poetry.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 3.60
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: May 6th 1993 by Oxford University Press, USA
  • Isbn10: 0192831305
  • Isbn13: 9780192831309

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Poi improvvisamente tutto cambia quando entra in ballo la natura e allora senti davvero l'emozione palpitare nel cuore di Dorothy, le decrizioni diventano minuziose, cesellate: le passeggiate tra i boschi, le valli, la solennità delle rocce, la placidità dei laghi, l'incanto delle notti stellate, i colori e i profumi dei fiori, il canto degli uccelli. Tutto è armonia e pace, anche nell'asperità di certe giornate di freddo e di pioggia, attraverso i suoi occhi e la purezza delle sue descrizioni senti che qualcosa di glorioso sta per nascere, un qualcosa che prenderà vita nelle poesie del fratello che da questi diari traeva ispirazione.

I diari sono ambientati a Grasmere (e un paio di episodi in viaggio), un luogo meraviglioso, una prima vera casa per William e Dorothy. Riusciamo anche a cogliere la potenza del rapporto tra Dorothy e William. C'è tanto da esplorare: l'amicizia tra Dorothy e Coleridge (e tra Coleridge e Wordsworth), il legame profondo e indissolubile del poeta e della sorella con la Natura (dove lo troviamo oggi un rapporto così?), l'idea di appartenenza a un luogo, l'idea di apertura verso storie diverse dalle nostre anche come fonte d'ispirazione, la malinconia di perdere un po' di ciò che amiamo e ciò che ci rende speciali (la reazione di Dorothy al matrimonio del fratello ne è un forte esempio). Dorothy non è una poetessa, ma le sue parole sono piene di bellezza. Non chiedo altro." A couple of months ago I took a course on Wordsworth and consequently on Dorothy, his sister. The diaries are written while at Grasmere (with a few episodes of travelling), a wonderful place, a real first home for Dorothy and William. Dorothy writes for William.

In the Romantic period of Literature revolutions of political, social and sciences were taking place. Two very different streams of thought contended that either man embraced the time held traditions of their forefathers or that they accept that a new enlightened age was coming complete with new ideas of equality. We see a very different picture from Mary Wollstonecraft whom embraces revolution of the political as well as social kind. Wollstonecraft especially saw through the ruse of Mr. Burkes attempt to justify the Monarchy of the French revolution through the age old excuse of patriotic duty rather than natural feelings and common sense. The intersection of ideas between both Dorothy Wordsworth and Mary Wollstonecraft resulted in an upheaval against traditional mores. Both embraced the idea of beauty, but where Dorothy thought it meant bending to the adoration of men through keeping silent In the political realm; Mary Wollstonecraft felt the rights of women needed to become focused. In 1792 Wollstonecraft urged (a revolution in female manners) and at the end of the decade, Wordsworths Preface to the second edition of Lyrical Ballads announced his break with Known habits of association in the genre of poetry-a program , as his collaborator Coleridge later said , of awakening the minds attention from the lethargy of custom,(Damrosh, 4). Mary Wollstonecraft expressed her outrage against slavery in the following lines, A father may dissipate his property without his child having the right to complain;-but should he attempt to sell him for a slave, or fetter him with laws contrary to reason; nature, in enabling him to discern good from evil, teaches him to break the ignoble chain, and not believe that bread becomes flesh, and wine blood, because his parents swallowed the Eucharest with this blind persuasion, (Wollstonecraft, 69). Two very different streams of thought contended through laws that taught either man embraced the time held traditions of their forefathers or that they accept that a new enlightened age was coming complete with new ideas of equality.

I wonder if the book would have been seen worth publishing had she not been Wordworth's sister and had they not had many meetings with Coleridge and other literary luminaries?

Non è un romanzo.

She was the sister of the Romantic poet William Wordsworth, and the two were close for all of their lives.