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it in preference; but there is no such word.
Observe (this is entirely in reference to this particular poem), my Idiot is not one of those who cannot articulate :
Whether in cunning or in joy,
And then his words were not a few, &c.
and the last speech at the end of the poem. The 'Boy' whom I had in my mind was by no means disgusting in his appearance, quite the contrary; and I have known several with imperfect faculties, who are handsome in their persons and features. There is one, at present, within a mile of my own house, remarkably so, though [he has something] of a stare and vacancy in his countenance. A friend of mine, knowing that some persons had a dislike to the poem, such as you have expressed, advised me to add a stanza, describing the person of the Boy [so as] entirely to separate him in the imagination of my readers from that class of idiots who are disgusting in their persons; but the narration in the poem is so rapid and impassioned, that I could not find a place in which to insert the stanza without checking the progress of it, and [so leaving] a deadness upon the feeling. This poem has, I know, frequently produced the same effect as it did upon you, and your friends; but there are many also to whom it affords exquisite delight, and who, indeed, prefer it to any other of my poems. This proves that the feelings there delineated are such as men may sympathise with. This is enough for my purpose. It is not enough for me as a Poet, to delineate merely such feelings as all men do sympathise with; but it is also highly desirable to add to these others, such as all men may sympathise with, and such as there is reason to believe they would be better and more moral beings if they did sympathize.
I conclude with regret, because I have not said one
half of [what I intended] to say. . . . I must, however, again give you my warmest thanks for your kind letter. I shall be happy to hear from you again: and do not think it unreasonable that I should request a letter from you, when I feel that the answer which I may make to it will not perhaps be above three or four lines. This I mention to you with frankness, and you will not take it ill after what I have before said of my remissness in writing letters. -I am, dear Sir, with great respect, Yours sincerely, W. WORDSWORTH."
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series of the Monthly Magazine.'
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P. 225, 1. 11.
P. 259, 1. 17.
Reid,' 'Mason,' should be 'Reed,'' Masson.'
'Macintosh,' should be 'Mackintosh.'
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ERRATA IN VOLUME I.
'New Monthly Magazine, should be 'newly started
'General Peachey,' should be 'Lord Somerville.'
'May 1801,' should be 'July 1800.'
July,' should be 'September.'
'Mr,' should be ' Mrs.'