But I just love Dorothy's voice, she's just this wonderfully observant, detailed, poetic soul who is at times downright hilarious. I feel an affinity with Dorothy Wordsworth, I find her fascinating and I enjoyed reading about life in the 1800's from her point-of-view. But having said all that, it's still a diary of a someone's day-to-day life in the late 1800's. But he gave her a place in the world—both literally and figuratively—that she desperately wanted. She was one of two people he attributed to the development of his intellect. I have underlined so much! They were still interesting, and still mundane and monotonous in tone. Sometimes when I was reading it I couldn't help thinking, how did we go from this wonderfully funny and wry young woman to the stereotypical Have been reading this book as part of my preparation for writing an essay on the myth of the Romantic solitary genius and just how collaborative the work of the Romantic poets was at all stages; from composition to completion.
But I just love Dorothy's voice, she's just this wonderfully observant, detailed, poetic soul who is at times downright hilarious. Is that bridge still there, I wonder. This is surely a treasure trove for anybody interested in William Wordsworth as a poet and a man. The earlier Alfoxden Journal was written during 1797-8, when the Wordsworths lived near Coleridge in Somerset. I was excited to read more of her journal entries - I only briefly looked at them when studying my Wordsworth course online.
Have been reading this book as part of my preparation for writing an essay on the myth of the Romantic solitary genius and just how collaborative the work of the Romantic poets was at all stages; from composition to completion. Plus Dorothy is infinitely more interesting that William or Samuel!! The Alfoxden Journal is a short journal spanning only a few months. The first one consists of The Grasmere Journal written during 1800-1803 and the second one consists of The Alfoxden Journal written during 1798. When you read the journal entries it feels as if the author has taken her time to compile the entries. From the detailed Notes section it is evident how much research has been put into compilation of this volume.
The sentences in this journal are complete and not hurried. The journals were not meant to be published and were used by Wordsworth as a source of inspiration for his works. However, many of the entries were quite boring and it made it difficult to enjoy the book. Sometimes, Dorothy mentions when William wrote a piece, where he wrote it, when and how he edited it, or what inspired him to write a particular piece. From what she planted in her garden, what she read, what she baked, where she walked, her descriptions of things, ambiguous turns of phrase, lots! Dorothy gardened, wrote many letters, and baked many pies.
Not for everyone, but a treasure for me. I remember them being quite interesting, but very mundane and monotonous in tone. I read this very slowly, usually in the morning, and I would often stumble upon passages of such beautiful and simple wisdom that I was grateful I didn't have pressing business to call me away from the reveries her words inspired. Contents: Introduction -- Note on the texts -- Select bibliography -- Chronology of Dorothy Wordsworth -- Maps -- Grasmere Journal -- Alfoxden Journal -- Explanatory notes -- Index. Abstract: Overview: Dorothy Wordsworth's journals are a unique record of her life with her brother William, at the time when he was at the height of his poetic powers.
Dorothy notes the walks and the weather, the friends, country neighbors and beggars on the roads; she sets down accounts of the garden, of Wordsworth's marriage, their concern for Coleridge, the composition of poetry. This one was about as dull as they come, for me. Invaluable for the insight they give into the daily life of the poet and his friendship with Coleridge, they are also remarkable for their spontaneity and immediacy, and for the vivid descriptions of people, places, and incidents that inspired some of Wordsworth's best-loved poems. Overall, a very average read. For me these journals are one of the purer representations of what the old English landscape and its residents' daily lives were like at least in my imagination - simple household tasks undertaken with loving care and attention, windows opening out to a round of mild seasons.
I'm glad I read these as deeply as I did -- reading a journal is such an interestingly different activity than reading anything intended for publication; I had a sensation of trying to peer 'through' it into something of their 'real' life, while also recognizing all the ways in which the words on the page were not there to assist with anything like that task, but were instead prompts for memory and incidental traces of that lived life. . The Wordsworths and their friends walked. The footnotes are voluminous and generally interesting, though often when I found myself facing a question of fact, the notes were silent. Also, the entries are less personal than those in The Grasmere Journal in that the scenery is more prominent than the author observing the scenery. If you enjoy the English romantics, as I do, it gives a fascinating insight to their everyday lives.
Dorothy Wordsworth, easily the equal of her brother in writing talent, was a bit of a bad ass, choosing to remain unmarried, believed to have struggled with bipolar disorder and after reading her diary I think she probably did , an avid walker and a big fan of talking to strangers. The style and focus of writing in the Alfoxden Journal is different from that used in The Grasmere Journal. The earlier Alfoxden Journal was written during 1797-8, when the Wordsworths lived near Coleridge in Somerset. The Lake District is a place I'm very familiar with, so I could easily imagine the places she was describing - I think this added to my enjoyment. She was one of two people he attributed to the development o Dorothy Mae Ann Wordsworth was an English poet and diarist. It does, however, mean that sometimes one has to re-read a sentence to understand it completely.
Oh how I wish I could sit there for hours every day! To live in the moment. The Grasmere Journal was begun at Dove Cottage in May 1800 and kept for three years. Coleridge was a regular visitor and stayed with the Wordsworths quite often. The Grasmere Journal was begun at Dove Cottage in May 1800 and kept for three years. Dorothy was a keen observer and paints vivid pictures with her words, even when she uses simple phrases and not long sentences.
The highlight of my visit was undoubtedly the tour of the and sitting at the vantage point in the Daffodils Garden looking down at the beautiful landscape. Not intended for publication, but to 'give Wm Pleasure by it', both journals have a quality recognized by Wordsworth when he wrote of Dorothy that 'she gave me eyes, she gave me ears'. Dorothy Wordsworth's journals are a unique record of her life with her brother William, at the time when he was at the height of his poetic powers. Dorothy, when she wanted to, could be so poetical. They are still a fabulous slice of life, and if you are as obsessed by Dorothy Wordsworth as myself then they are a fantastic read. I enjoyed the historical endnotes pro The Wordsworths and their friends walked. From what she planted in her garden, what she read, what she baked, where she walked, her descriptions of things, ambiguous turns of phrase, lots! Coleridge was a constant worry.