Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The Wordsworth Effect

Either I'm becoming increasingly sensitive to a real conspiracy or I'm going mad. Wordsworth is everywhere. Places you'd expect to find him, of course. My place of work obviously. And many pieces of writing about poetry. But recently it's been becoming a worrying trend that I can't get past the first paragraph of something without finding him there. The editorial of the latest Poetry Review isn't that much of a shocker, but escaping the confines of Town End for a stand up gig in Warrington with a few work mates, I opened the program to find a reference there again. First paragraph. Mixed feelings of validation and of being stalked by my day job on a night out. Then there was a reference to Keats and Shelley within the first fifteen minutes of the act.

Now, I'm well aware the above proves little more than that I am attracted to comedy with literary appeal and spend far too much time reading. I also know that we're liable to see what we want to or are trained to in things, or to pluck at them when they are only a thread of the whole fabric. But Wordsworth and his contemporaries are woven into a good deal of things so that we quote them without realising or date ideas back to their time. Then there's the relatives. The literary relatives. The things, the places, and the words words words.

It's wonderful. It makes me very happy. It gives me a job to do. It means I never leave work.

1 comment:

  1. Your posts are a pleasure to read. Keep 'em up.

    I've even gone to the effort as adding this blog on my toolbar. At this point you should feel honored. Only a select few manage to scale the rungs of my "interest ladder" and make it to the top - the toolbar.

    It is with utter shame I must confess I have only this month been introduced to the delights of Wordsworth. I picked up a copy of Lyrical Ballads, a collection of poems by WW and Coleridge, whilst in Melbourne a couple of weeks back. I'm enjoying it very much. It's great to read just before I hit the sack.

    I hope everything is working out for you in Grasmere. By the way, you will notice I never "attend" the events you often invite me to, but still send them because I love to know what is going on!