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Poem written by William Wordsworth in response to Sir George Beaumont's painting Piel Castle in a Storm, which Wordsworth associated with his brother's tragedy. Captain John Wordsworth died when his ship, the Earl of Abergavenny, sank off the coast of England during a storm in February, 1805.

Annotated by Richard Matlak.

The poetic text and associated image accompany a model of the Earl of Abergavenny, East Indiaman on display in Dinand Library at the College of the Holy Cross.


This is the editor‘s pre-print version of the work. This publication appears in The College of the Holy Cross’ institutional repository by permission of the copyright owner for personal use, not for redistribution.

Original published version is available in Poems, in Two Volumes (1807) by William Wordsworth. Ed. Richard Matlak. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 2016.

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Brief interpretation of Elegiac Stanzas (version on display with model ship Earl of Abergavenny)