which are also an inheritance they have preserved from their childhood.

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Observe

A crucial Romantic idea—that the more of the child which remains in the man, the more of that sensibility and imagination, with the resulting freshness and wonder with which we continue to observe the world—the morally better we are as adults. We have the poets principally, Blake, Wordsworth especially, and Coleridge, to thank for the accounts of childhood ways of being that support the idea. Wordsworth writes, "The Child is father of the man, / And I could wish my days to be / Bound each to each in natural piety."

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