|John Hamilton Reynolds|
Another Wordsworth parody is on the Lucy poems. Lucy is this girl Wordsworth writes about, saying how he loves here, and how isolated she is. I doubt she was a real person, but these poems have caused a great deal of speculation. Hartley Coleridge, son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge the Lake Poet, (also a man of letters in his own right) wrote these.
Here is the original by Wordsworth:
And the parody by Hartley Coleridge:
She dwelt among the untrodden ways Beside the springs of Dove; 30 A maid whom there were none to praise, And very few to love. A violet by a mossy stone Half-hidden from the eye! —Fair as a star, when only one 35 Is shining in the sky. She lived unknown, and few could know When Lucy ceased to be; But she is in her grave, and, O! The difference to me!
He lived amidst th' untrodden ways2 To Rydal Lake that lead: --3A bard whom there were none to praise,4 And very few to read.5Behind a cloud his mystic sense,6 Deep-hidden, who can spy?7Bright as the night, when not a star8 Is shining in the sky.9Unread his works -- his 'Milk-white Doe'10 With dust is dark and dim;11It's still in Longman's shop, and Oh!12 The difference to him!
By the Victorian era, some of the old revolutionaries had tired of Wordsworth's dying inspiration and his sudden betrayal of his ideals. His best works were mostly written in his youth.