Date

2015

Department or Program

English

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Daniel Chiasson

Additional Advisor(s)

Susan Meyer

Abstract

This thesis explores Dorothy Wordsworth’s struggle to find poetic identity within her brother William Wordsworth’s literary conception of nature as the ancient, all-powerful “Mother Nature.” Like Lewis Carroll’s Alice, Dorothy navigates a similarly confusing, sometimes hostile, yet utterly enchanting world. I examine select poems by both Wordsworths, as well as extracts from Dorothy’s journals to show how the relationship between Dorothy and William was a process of creation and re-creation facilitated by the entity of “Mother Nature.”

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