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Bloodroot

By Amy Greene

Bloodroot
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2010,
    304 pages.
    Paperback: Jan 2011,
    304 pages.

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William Wordsworth
Characters in Bloodroot rely on William Wordsworth's poetry as a source of comfort and inspiration, but echoes of his literary philosophy and poetic interests can also be found in the pages of Amy Greene's novel.

Just as Bloodroot relies on memory to tell its stories, much of Wordsworth's poetry focuses on capturing moments of memory and recollection. He developed a philosophy of "two consciousnesses": himself in the present and himself in the past, and a lot of his poetry sought to identify the discrepancy between these two. Whereas Marcel Proust, in his exhausting account, In Search of Lost Time, pursues the depth of memory through the taste of his madeleine cookie, Wordsworth's poetry explores the disjuncture between what is now and what was then.

Memory aside, Wordsworth is most famous for his depiction of daffodils in "I Wandered as Lonely as a Cloud." Throughout the poem, the speaker revels in the beauty of a field of daffodils, only to have ...

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