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Changing contexts

What happens if you try and make Wordsworth’s sonnet speak to an entirely new context; your own? Are there any aspects of your own culture or society that make the issue of liberty and ‘too much liberty’ feel pressing again?

Might the anti-European sentiment expressed by the current political party, UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), for example, find any sympathy with the arguments expressed within Wordsworth’s sonnet? If so, this does not mean that Wordsworth would have been a fully signed up member of UKIP had he been alive now, but that his poem has the capacity to work its way into and speak to new contexts. And these new contexts may have particular political, or even philosophical reverberations that you might want to think about.

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