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The Poetics of Place and Space: Wordsworth, Nicholson and the Lake District

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The Poetics of Place and Space: Wordsworth, Nicholson and the Lake District. / Cooper, David.

In: Literature Compass, Vol. 5, No. 4, 07.2008, p. 807-821.

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Cooper, David. / The Poetics of Place and Space: Wordsworth, Nicholson and the Lake District. In: Literature Compass. 2008 ; Vol. 5, No. 4. pp. 807-821.

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