In Dorothy Wordsworth’s journals, you sense the extent to which she supported her brother’s writing. Some things she records become material for his poems. She also reads aloud to him, including his own compositions, and copies out his poems.

But beyond this, she has a poetic sensibility and sees things freshly and imaginatively, surely feeding and reinforcing his own enjoyment of beauty.

‘O thought I!  what a beautiful thing God has made winter to be by stripping the trees & letting us see their shapes & forms.  What a freedom does it seem to give to the storms!’  Friday 14th May 1802

See the quote-mosaic review of this enchanting journal by a vibrant, life-loving woman.

Source: Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals, ed. and introduction by Pamela Woof (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2008 (2002)), p. 99

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