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Author Wyatt, John, 1931-

Title Wordsworth and the geologists / John Wyatt.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1995.


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Physical description xiv, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 16.
Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 16.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-264) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Wordsworth's geology: references and allusions -- 3. 'Pronounce their benediction; speak of them as powers': the wider context of geological information -- 4. Trinity men -- 5. Order, clarity, distinctness -- 6. 'The universality of Nature's kingdom' -- 7. Duration and decay: the abyss of time -- 8. Geology, the poetic discipline -- 9. Geologists and humanity -- 10. Conclusion.
Summary Examination of the links between science and literary history is providing new insight for scholars across a range of disciplines. In Wordsworth and the Geologists John Wyatt explores the hitherto unexamined relationship between a major Romantic poet and a group of scientists in the formative years of a new discipline, geology. Wordsworth's later poems and prose display unexpected knowledge of contemporary geology and a preoccupation with many of the philosophical issues concerned with the developing science of geology. Letters and diaries of a group of leading geologists reveal that they knew Wordsworth, and discussed their subject with him.
Wyatt shows how the implications of such discussions challenge the simplistic version of 'two cultures', the Romantic-literary against the scientific materialistic; and he reminds us of the variety of interrelating discourses current between 1807 (the year of the foundation of the Geological Society of London) and 1850 (the year of Wordsworth's death).
Subject Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Knowledge -- Earth sciences.
Literature and science -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Earth sciences -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Geology -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Earth sciences in literature.
Geology in literature.
Romanticism -- England.
ISBN 0521472598 (hardback)