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The Wordsworthian Sources of Emersonian “Hope” and “Light”: Essay --- Patrick J. Keane | Numéro Cinq
Patrick J. Keane's "Wordsworthian Sources" bears a title that slightly masks its poignant and human subject matter, that is, Emerson's struggle to come to grips with the death of his beloved brother Charles from tuberculosis. It's a beautiful essay, densely argued, and replete with quotation. What Pat does here is focus on the nexus of emotion (mourning), reading and tradition that helped form Emerson's reactions to his brother's death, the mental processes by which he dealt with his emotional surplus.