J.B. Priestley on William Wordsworth

by ttucker23 on September 26, 2006

This quote from J.B. Priestley really struck a chord with me:

‘A good deal of [Wordsworth’s poetry], perhaps most of it, is very dull, like a long walk on a grey day. But just as somewhere on that walk there might be a sudden and superb flash of beauty, so in Wordsworth’s poetry there are short passages, perhaps only a line or so, that are miraculous. An apparently simple unadorned phrase will suddenly blaze in the reader’s imagination. These moments of his, once experienced, are never forgotten, and we never entirely lose our response to them.’
J. B. Priestley, Literature and Western Man (Collins, 1960)


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