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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536863
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 2 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Gill, Professor of English, Lincoln College, Oxford.

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This, therefore, is the edition to read.
A. Lowry
Wordsworth is one of the few laudable English Romantic poets who, with Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age with his 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads.
God Bless the Midwest
The book has been a wonderful vehicle for introducing poetry to my grandchildren.
Anita Gooch

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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By A. Lowry on September 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The comments have been about Wordsworth, not about the edition in question.

Potential purchasers should know that Stephen Gill has created a strange volume. Wordsworth lived to be 80, and revised his poetry all his life, leaving a Complete Works divided into thematic categories.

Most editors respect the rule of honoring the author's final intentions, so that a revised version of a poem is "what the author really meant."

Gill tosses that rule overboard, and in fact does exactly the opposite: his stated intent is to reprint the *earliest* version of any given poem. So, for instance, we get "The Ruined Cottage" as a work in itself, not as later incorporated into "The Excursion."

Also, less debatably, Gill arranges the poems in sequence of composition, the better for students to trace WW's development.

Why does Gill look to the earlier works? His explanation is that it goes along with the chronological sequence. Looking at a poem WW wrote in 1801, it does not help if we are reading revisions from 1835 or whenever.

But Gill has a better, unstated reason. LATE WORDSWORTH SUCKS. The man's revisions of his own work are almost never for the better, and the older poet's lack of inspiration is painfully evident.

If you want to give WW a fair shot -- if you want to understand what in his poetry blew people's minds and made him a giant of Romanticism -- then you gotta break the Textual Editing Rules, and you gotta read the poems as WW first wrote them, not as he later revised them.

This, therefore, is the edition to read.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Brown on April 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Those readers of poetry who discount Wordsworth as merely a poet who "worships" Nature and holds emotion over rational thought are giving him only a shallow reading and relying on the obvious. When Wordsworth's work is read as a whole, and in context with his contemporaries and historical events, then one can begin to appreciate the depth and significance of the philosophical thought behind his poetry.
His reliance on Nature comes not from a worship of it, rather from the belief that philosophical and social issues can be found and answered in Nature. This does not contradict modern scientific thought, which relies upon the observation of the natural world through experimentation. It also eliminates the need for a rigid religious structure, because divinity can be found in Nature. Wordsworth teaches us that we learn, and grow, once we accept that we are part of the natural world, and that Nature does not exist to be conquered.
The feeling and emotion is a "natural" reaction, and therefore should not be discounted and inhibited. His poetry is an expression of this. It is not an attack on rational thought--it is a belief that one can learn through observation of the natural universe, not merely the reading of books and "dead forms."
Wordsworth was a master poet and a genius. he is well-worth the time it takes to study him.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wordsworth is a beloved writer of mine. I love his passionate and direct descriptions of Nature, his reflective calm, his deep moral sense, his simplicity and beauty of language. I love the thoughtfulness of his poetry, and its music.

His lines are memorable lines and they evoke sensations sweet felt in the heart. He is a poet who brings with him a sense of both the sublime and the simple combined.

There are of course many non- memorable lines and many poems which seem at times to be versified prose. But in the best Wordsworth in the great Wordsworth there is the Literature which makes us Love Life More.

At some point I think each and every reader can be uplifted by this great poetic soul.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Comment Man on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Quick point. Not only does the editor pick out the best versions of Wordsworth's poems (as the other reviewer so accurately stated) but unlike other editions of Wordsworth I have seen, the poems are printed in a single column in readable type.

THIS edition ROCKS!!!!

I assume everyone reading this review has an opinion about Wordsworth, so I will simply note he is one of my favorite poets. You may disagree. FOOEY on you if you do!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Franks on October 9, 2008
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The book is a very compilation of Wordsworth's best works. On the negative, the book arrived with a knife slice down the side of the cover. Otherwise the book is set very nicely with good commentaries at the back on each poem. I found this book had the best background information on the text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By God Bless the Midwest on November 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
*****

Wordsworth is one of the few laudable English Romantic poets who, with Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age with his 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. "The Prelude," a semiautobiographical poem of his early years is one of his most notable poems. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (also known as "Daffodils") is phenomenal.

It is noteworthy that Wordsworth was Britain's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850.

This edition is crisp, and worth purchasing if you're looking for a good introduction to the mind and verse of Wordsworth.

*****
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael on July 10, 2011
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In this edition, works of wordsworth are ordered in the chronological order of their composition. The book consists of an introduction to Wordsworth life and poetry, his famous poems, the 1805 version of the prelude, and prefaces to the lyrical ballads and some letters on poetry. Minimal notes are given to help the reading. Overall it is a clear and compact edition which is suitble to admirers of Wordsworth poetry, and to scholars of his works who are interested in his poetic development.
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