‘The ordeals of ‘litel clergeon’* and Cambridge freshman are circumstantially very different, and essentially very much the same.”

— Abbie Findlay Potts, Wordsworth’s Prelude: A Study of Its Literary Form (Cornell University Press, 1953), pg. 283

*a schoolboy in Chaucer’s The Prioresses Tale



A splendid sentence by a magnificent writer.

— posted by Roger W. Smith

   March 2023

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