All About ‘I'
Nicholas Hengen on lyric poetry
The Pain and the Pleasure of Words.
By Mutlu Konuk Blasing. Princeton Univ. Press. 216 pp. $35
In 1804, William Wordsworth wrote a poem that begins, “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” and tells a brief tale. A man sees some daffodils “dancing in the breeze/ Continuous as the stars that shine,” and later takes pleasure in the memory. Simple and elegant, the poem is...