Dorothy and Dictation
One page of MS JJ is copied out in Dorothy's hand. This is the passage which begins: "The soul of man is fashioned & built up" on Rr. It is a revealing example of how William and Dorothy worked together when William dictated the text.
Read the transcription and the page below and consider these questions:
How do we know that the page is dictated? How might it look different if Dorothy were making a fair copy of a previous text?
What mistakes does Dorothy make? Do they indicate dictation? Why?
CLUE: Remember that Wordsworth is writing in Blank Verse (a line which should contain ten syllables and five stresses).
The soul of man is fashioned &
Just like a strain of music
I believe I believe
That there are spirits which when
they would form
A favor'd being open out the clouds
As at the touch of lightning
Seeking him with gentle visitation
and with such
I Though rarely in my wanderings I have
Communion Others too there are who
Yet haply aiming at the self-same end
Severer Interventions ministry
Of grosser kind & of their school
And oft when on the withered mountain
The frost & breath
I have held
Communion with them in my boyish days
(MS JJ, Rr)