Tag Archives: Romanticism

Variations on a Theme: Musicality and Mutability in Wordsworth and Christina Rossetti

Variations on a Theme: Musicality and Mutability in Wordsworth and Christina Rossetti   Mutability By William Wordsworth From low to high doth dissolution climb, And sink from high to low, along a scale Of awful notes, whose concord shall not fail; A musical but melancholy chime, Which they can hear who meddle not with crime, […]

(In)Congruence in the Poetry & Prose of Wordsworth & Arnold: Defining the Romantic/Victorian Divide

(Pardon the formatting problems. WordPress doesn’t like copy & paste.) (In)Congruence in the Poetry & Prose of Wordsworth & Arnold: Defining the Romantic/Victorian Divide I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud By William Wordsworth I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, […]

Humans Can’t Convey Emotion

In a recent group lesson, the composition professor asked the presenting student if music could convey emotion. The student replied, “No. Music is perceived by individuals as a series of consonances and dissonances, to which he or she may have an emotional response based on their psychological makeup, but it cannot convey emotion.” ”Yeah, exactly,” […]

Mutability: Wordsworth’s Living Balance in Poetry – Jacob T. Reilly

Mutability: Wordsworth’s Living Balance in Poetry Mutability  By William Wordsworth From low to high doth dissolution climb, And sink from high to low, along a scale Of awful notes, whose concord shall not fail; A musical but melancholy chime, Which they can hear who meddle not with crime, Nor avarice, nor over-anxious care. Truth fails […]