Sublime of the Useless Body in “The Old Cumberland Beggar”

Min YU, Xingyu MA

Abstract


William Wordsworth depicted an extremely decayed and useless body of an aged beggar in “The Old Cumberland Beggar” through a complicated network of vision from different viewers. The old beggar is not regarded as an individual suffer, but an epitome of the doomed human beings facing a country holding utilitarianism in esteem. Wordsworth created for the useless old body an aura of sublime through a Trinity of Body, art work and Nature.

Keywords


Useless body; Art work; Nature; Sublime

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11248

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