Art: Sharing The Poet's Obsession

A singular show explores the vision of English Romanticism

"William Wordsworth and the Age of English Romanticism" is one of those singular exhibitions that take you into the heart of a cultural moment, explore it in close detail and yet leave you eager for more. On view at the New York Public Library until Dec. 31, it has been jointly organized by Rutgers University and the Wordsworth Trust in England.

Quite apart from the fact that many of the ideals and the deepest nostalgias of American culture (such as the longing for moral examples within nature that is the root of the whole ecology movement) wind back to Wordsworth and...

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