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IdiocyA Cultural History$
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Patrick McDonagh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310959

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315367

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‘Stripping our own hearts nake’: William Wordsworth and John Wilson read ‘The Idiot Boy’

‘Stripping our own hearts nake’: William Wordsworth and John Wilson read ‘The Idiot Boy’

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(p.24) Chapter 2 ‘Stripping our own hearts nake’: William Wordsworth and John Wilson read ‘The Idiot Boy’
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Idiocy
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315367.003

This chapter examines William Wordsworth's poem ‘The Idiot Boy’. It considers the epistolary exchange it prompted between the poet and his young admirer John Wilson on what may be called the aesthetic value of idiocy, and the connection of this aesthetic value to actual human relations.

Keywords:   William Wordsworth, John Wilson, The Idiot Boy, epistolary exchange, idiocy, aesthetic value, human relations

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