considerable in our language from the Elizabethan age to the present time.”—Matthew Arnold
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"[Wordsworth] is loved, Bromwich writes in his Introduction, for a sense of radical sufficiency in the fact that life is the faith of many people who espouse a religion without a name. Wordsworth writes of a human nature that is not to be judged by the utility of some goods over others, the propriety of some behaviors, or the reasonableness of getting and spending as the market teaches getting and spending.
The life his poetry describes cannot be reduced to a series of preferable and less preferable options. We learn its deeper claim in the presence of suffering and joy, in suffering not less than in joy.