“The poetical performance of Wordsworth is, after that of Shakespeare and Milton . . . undoubtedly the most
considerable in our language from the Elizabethan age to the present time.”—Matthew Arnold
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Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth
represents Wordsworth?s prolific output, from the poems first published in Lyrical Ballads
in 1798 that changed the face of English poetry to the late ?Yarrow Revisited.? Wordsworth?s poetry is celebrated for its deep feeling, its use of ordinary speech, the love of nature it expresses, and its representation of commonplace things and events. As Matthew Arnold notes, ?[Wordsworth?s poetry] is great because of the extraordinary power with which [he] feels the joy offered to us in nature, the joy offered to us in the simple elementary affections and duties.?