In concluding, I would like to return to Jonathan Bishop’s claim, originally cited in Chapter 2, that ‘
is at the center of our experience of Wordsworth; at the center of our experience of
are those “spots of time” where Wordsworth is endeavouring to express key moments in the history of his imagination’. These ‘spots’ he lists as the events surrounding
■ the famous Stolen Boat episode, the Dedication to poetry, the Discharged Soldier, the Dream of the Arab-Quixote, the memory of the Winander Boy, the Drowned Man, Entering London, the father and the Child and the Blind Beggar, Simplon Pass, The Night in Paris, Robespierre’s Death, and Snowdon?