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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
Published in 1798, Lyrical Ballads is a dazzling collaboration containing twenty-three poems by close friends, William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) - two major figures of English Romanticism. The volume heralded a new approach to poetry and expresses the poets' reflections on mankind's relationship with the forces of the world. Coleridge's contribution includes the nightmarish vision of 'The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere', one of the works for which he became best known, as well as the fantastical conversational poem 'The Foster-Mother's Tale' and the melancholic 'The Nightingale'. Wordsworth's 'We are Seven' depicts a child's naïve optimism in the face of the cruel mortality, while 'Goody Blake and Harry Gill' and 'Simon Lee' celebrate the simplicity and strength he perceived in country people, and 'Tintern Abbey' explores the healing powers of nature.
Published as part of the Penguin Poetry First Editions series in which the greatest collections of poetry in English will be published in their original form. All texts have been completely reset and some minor changes made to punctuation.
In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to the most important poets in our literature.
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty . . .
-- Composed Upon Westminster Bridge,
September 3, 1802
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.
# 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
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About Poems in Two Volumes, Volume 2 by William Wordsworth
"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."