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William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature.
List of Works:
Lyrical Ballads, With Other Poems
Lyrical Ballads, With A Few Other Poems
Poems Written In Youth
Poems, In Two Volumes
The Prelude: Growth Of A Poet’s Mind; An Autobiographical Poem
The Complete Prose Works Of William Wordsworth
One of the major poets of Romanticism, Wordsworth epitomized the spirit of his age with his celebration of the natural world and the spontanous expression of feeling. This volume contains a rich selection from the most creative phase of his life, including extracts from his masterpiece, The Prelude, and the best-loved of his shorter poems such as 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge', 'Tintern Abbey', 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud', 'Lucy Gray', and 'Michael'.
Together these poems demonstrate not only Wordsworth's astonishing range and power, but the sustained and coherent vision that informed his work.
This striking portrait, taken from letters and autobiographical fragments carefully selected by Juliet Barker, illuminates Wordworth’s life from his childhood to his death in 1850. It reveals the rebellious schoolboy who became a supporter of the French Revolution, the radical young poet who rose to be a revered patriarch, and the intensely private man who loved and cared deeply for his family.
Praise for Wordsworth: A Life:
‘Works surprisingly well … cleverly combining, as Barker has done here, his own letters with those of his family and with other documents, including extracts from diaries and journals’ - Adam Sisman, Literary Review
‘Reveals the character of the romantic poet through his own voluminous and expressive correspondence’ - History Today
‘Barker’s judicious selection shows us Wordsworth the writer in a way not possible in a biography that seeks to explain the life as well. There is a greatness in Wordsworth’s very doggedness [and] Barker allows us to hear the man himself, greatness and all’ - Kate Chisholm, Sunday Telegraph
‘Intense, shrewd … [gives] the general impression of Wordsworth as a recognisably decent, kind and likeable person’ – Andrew Motion, Financial Times
Juliet Barker is an Oxford graduate, historian and writer who was born – and still lives – in Yorkshire. She has written biographies of Wordsworth and the Brontës, and was curator and librarian of the Brontë Parsonage Museum for several years.
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- Illustrations included
- Original & Unabridged Edition
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Poems, in Two Volumes is a collection of poetry by William Wordsworth, published in 1807. It contains many notable poems, including:
"Resolution and Independence"
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
"My Heart Leaps Up"
"Ode: Intimations of Immortality"
"Ode to Duty"
"The Solitary Reaper"
"Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802"
"The world is too much with us"
Poems in Two Volumes has been considered to be the peak of Wordsworth's power, and of his popularity. However, it was poorly reviewed by Wordsworth's contemporaries, including Lord Byron, whom Wordsworth would come to despise. Byron said of the volume, in one of its first reviews, "Mr. Wordsworth ceases to please, ... clothing [his ideas] in language not simple, but puerile". Wordsworth himself wrote ahead to soften the thoughts of The Critical Review, hoping his friend Wrangham would push a softer approach. He succeeded in preventing a known enemy from writing the review, but it didn't help; as Wordsworth himself said, it was a case of "Out of the frying pan, into the fire". Of any positives within Poems in Two Volumes, perceived masculinity in "The Happy Warrior" was one. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" couldn't have been further from it. Wordsworth took the reviews stoically.
# THE PRELUDE
# BOOK FIRST. INTRODUCTION--CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL-TIME
# BOOK SECOND. SCHOOL-TIME (continued)
# BOOK THIRD. RESIDENCE AT CAMBRIDGE
# BOOK FOURTH. SUMMER VACATION
# BOOK FIFTH. BOOKS
# BOOK SIXTH. CAMBRIDGE AND THE ALPS
# BOOK SEVENTH. RESIDENCE IN LONDON
# BOOK EIGHTH. RETROSPECT--LOVE OF NATURE LEADING TO LOVE OF MAN
# BOOK NINTH. RESIDENCE IN FRANCE
# BOOK TENTH. RESIDENCE IN FRANCE (continued)
# BOOK ELEVENTH. FRANCE (concluded)
# BOOK TWELFTH. IMAGINATION AND TASTE, HOW IMPAIRED AND RESTORED
# BOOK THIRTEENTH. IMAGINATION AND TASTE, HOW IMPAIRED AND RESTORED (concluded)
# BOOK FOURTEENTH. CONCLUSION
A pioneer of the Romantic movement, William Wordsworth wrote about the natural world and human emotion with a clarity of language which revolutionized poetry.
Part of the Macmillan Collector’s Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket-sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition has an introduction by Peter Harness.
Selected Poems brings together some of Wordsworth’s most acclaimed and influential works, including an extract from his magnus opus, The Prelude, alongside shorter poems such as ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’, ‘To a Skylark’ and ‘Tintern Abbey’. Wordsworth’s poems, often written at his home in Grasmere in the beautiful English Lake District, are lyrical evocations of nature and of spirituality. They have a force and clarity of language akin to everyday speech which was truly groundbreaking.
A common theme of romantic poetry, nature features heavily in the work of William Wordsworth. To him, it represented a living thing; a sublime teacher-god that contained all beauty and divine truth. Through the poetry contained within this collection, Wordsworth expresses his view on the natural world and its important relationship with human beings. A wonderful collection of romantic poesy containing some of Wordsworth's most celebrated poetry. Poems include: “Influence of Natural Objects”, “Lines Written While Sailing in a Boat”, “At Evening”, “A Night-piece”, “Nutting”, “Lines Written in Early Spring”, “My Heart Leaps Up”, “Yew-trees”, “Sonnets from the River Duddon”, “After-thought”, “Admonition”, “Sonnets – Beloved Vale! I Said”, etc. It also includes an introductory excerpt from “Reminiscences” (1881) by Thomas Carlyle.
William Wordsworth (1770–1850) was an English Romantic poet famous for helping to usher in the Romantic Age in English literature with the publication of “Lyrical Ballads” (1798), which he co-wrote with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. His best known work is perhaps “The Prelude”, a semi-autobiographical poem from his early years which was changed and expanded many times throughout his life. He was poet laureate of Britain between 1843 until his death in 1850. Other notable works by this author include: “The Tables Turned”, “The Thorn”, and “Lines Composed A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey”.