Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors Paper

First Advisor

John Miller, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Craig Challender, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

DerekTaylor, Ph.D.


This thesis analyzes the works of Wordsworth and Whitman, focusing on the manifestations of the poets’ language within a socio-cultural construct. The thesis highlights the ways in which the authors’ interactions with socio-cultural events, such as industrialization, impact the ways in which their parole interacts and at times conflicts with the underlying system of poetic tradition. Additionally, the study examines the ways in which Wordsworth and Whitman interact with two binary oppositions central to Romantic philosophy, the living or dead and the pastoral or industrial. The study found evidence to support an epistolary relationship between Walt Whitman and William Wordsworth, or any type of communication for that matter, can be described at non-existent.



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