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Since W had been instrumental in its conception,1 the Wordsworths probably heard earlier versions as well. Newlyn 52n36 finds that W alludes to The Ancient Mariner in a cancelled passage in Ruined Cottage MS B, composed spring 1798; she finds also that lines from Peter Bell are inspired by C's poem (Newlyn 50). (xvi) Fears in Solitude in MS Suggested date of reading: April-May 1798 References: Griggs i 409 Although C reported the completion of Fears in Solitude to his brother George on 14 May 1798 (Griggs i 409), its published title suggests that it was written in April: 'Fears in Solitude.

Suggests that prior to that date W probably knew Burger's work mainly, if not exclusively, from Taylor's translations in the Monthly Magazine (see preceding notes). C purchased a copy of the same edition of Burger's Gedichte, probably at the same time (Dendurent 462; CC Marginalia i 828; Coffman B259). W and DW set about reading '"Leonora" and a few little things of Burger' more or less immediately, but were disappointed (EY 233). Their letter, which C had received by 20 Nov. 1798, probably mentioned Burger.

1797 References: Jacobus 80 The plan for Lyrical Ballads was evolved on 13 Nov. 1797; C extracted passages from Osorio soon after. (xiii) The Foster Mother's Tale in MS Suggested date of reading: after 12 Nov. 1797; by spring 1798 References: Jacobus 80 See preceding note. Newlyn 39 detects 'a radical rereading' of this poem in W's lines about the Pedlar, composed spring 1798. (xiv) Frost at Midnight in MS Suggested date of reading: Feb. 1798; by July 1798 References: see note When C published this poem in late 1798 he dated it 'February 1798', and it was probably seen in MS by W at that time.

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