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London, 1802

London, 1802

by William Wordsworth

Literature and Writing Quotes

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Quote #1

altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. (3-6)

"Pen" here stands in for literature on the whole – Wordsworth puts literature up there as one of England's great traditions, along with things as important as religion and military might.

Quote #2

Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea:
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free (10-11)

Here, Wordsworth means Milton's poetic voice. The wild, natural imagery of these lines emphasize the tremendous power and vast scope of Milton's work.

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