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Matthew Bevis, Wordsworth’s Fun

Matthew Bevis, Wordsworth’s Fun Reviews Matthew Bevis, Wordsworth’s Fun (Chicago: at Wordsworth from the funnier side of things, University of Chicago Press, 2019). 303pp. £62.00 though, Bevis more thrillingly reveals the poet’s hardback, 9780226652191. complexity and incongruity than any study for quite some time. Wordsworth’s Fun helps us much better Fun isn’t the first thing that springs to many people’s appreciate how the laughable is also laudable for this minds when they think of William Wordsworth. most singular of poets. Despite the vast range of accounts of the poet, the That ‘inclination to laughter’ observed by Hazlitt is majority of us probably still tend to associate him with absolutely ‘not a sideshow to some mirthless main a certain solemnity – something that extends to our event but a formative influence on his work’ (2) Bevis understanding of Romanticism which (for better or believes. As such, throughout Wordsworth’s Fun worse) Wordsworth has come to so powerfully help Bevis does not place humour and comedy centre-stage shape and define. Yet some of those who knew him so as to put other things in the shade. Instead, he noticed, like Hazlitt, ‘a convulsive inclination to shows us that the serious and the sportive are often at http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Romanticism Edinburgh University Press

Matthew Bevis, Wordsworth’s Fun

Romanticism , Volume 28 (3): 4 – Oct 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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1354-991X
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Reviews Matthew Bevis, Wordsworth’s Fun (Chicago: at Wordsworth from the funnier side of things, University of Chicago Press, 2019). 303pp. £62.00 though, Bevis more thrillingly reveals the poet’s hardback, 9780226652191. complexity and incongruity than any study for quite some time. Wordsworth’s Fun helps us much better Fun isn’t the first thing that springs to many people’s appreciate how the laughable is also laudable for this minds when they think of William Wordsworth. most singular of poets. Despite the vast range of accounts of the poet, the That ‘inclination to laughter’ observed by Hazlitt is majority of us probably still tend to associate him with absolutely ‘not a sideshow to some mirthless main a certain solemnity – something that extends to our event but a formative influence on his work’ (2) Bevis understanding of Romanticism which (for better or believes. As such, throughout Wordsworth’s Fun worse) Wordsworth has come to so powerfully help Bevis does not place humour and comedy centre-stage shape and define. Yet some of those who knew him so as to put other things in the shade. Instead, he noticed, like Hazlitt, ‘a convulsive inclination to shows us that the serious and the sportive are often at

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RomanticismEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2022

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