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By Don Bogen

An Algebra is an interwoven choice of 8 sequences and 16 person poems, the place photographs and words recur in new contexts, connecting and postponing innovations, feelings and insights. via turns, the poems jump from the general public realm of city decay and outsourcing to the intimacies of kinfolk existence, from a road mime to a haunting dream, from elegy to lyric evocation. Wholeness and brokenness intertwine within the publication; glimpsed styles and startling disjunctions force its explorations.

An Algebra is a piece of adjusting equivalents, a look for stability in an international of transformation and loss. it's a brilliantly developed, relocating e-book by way of a poet who has accomplished a brand new point of innovative expression and ability.

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In the second, the development of consciousness, from the babe at the mother’s breast to the youth rhapsodically joining in the song of the One Life, is traced as prelude to a lengthy passage (1799 Prelude Part 2, lines 465–96) in which the poet, affirming his ‘more than Roman confidence’ in human nature, even ‘in this time / Of dereliction and dismay’ (lines 489, 486–7), declares: The gift is yours, Ye Mountains! Thine, O Nature! thou hast fed My lofty speculations, and in thee For this uneasy heart of ours I find A never-failing principle of joy And purest passion.

1 A circle of friends from William’s college days at Cambridge, from London and from Bristol provided material, moral and artistic support: the radical philosopher William Godwin; Basil Montague and his son Basil (for whom the Wordsworths cared in return for a small payment); the philosophical radicals and poetic enthusiasts William Matthews and George Dyer; the Bristol publisher and bookseller Joseph Cottle; and, also in Bristol, John and Azariah Pinney, the sons of a wealthy sugar merchant. William’s nursing of his friend Raisley Calvert resulted in a monetary bequest.

In the second, the development of consciousness, from the babe at the mother’s breast to the youth rhapsodically joining in the song of the One Life, is traced as prelude to a lengthy passage (1799 Prelude Part 2, lines 465–96) in which the poet, affirming his ‘more than Roman confidence’ in human nature, even ‘in this time / Of dereliction and dismay’ (lines 489, 486–7), declares: The gift is yours, Ye Mountains! Thine, O Nature! thou hast fed My lofty speculations, and in thee For this uneasy heart of ours I find A never-failing principle of joy And purest passion.

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