The Prelude: A Parallel Text

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First published in July 1850, shortly after Wordsworth's death, The Prelude was the culmination of over fifty years of creative work. The great Romantic poem of human consciousness, it takes as its theme 'the growth of a poet's mind': leading the reader back to Wordsworth's formative moments of childhood and youth, and detailing his experiences as a radical undergraduate in France at the time of the Revolution. Initially inspired by Coleridge's exhortation that Wordsworth write a work upon the French Revolution, ...

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Overview

First published in July 1850, shortly after Wordsworth's death, The Prelude was the culmination of over fifty years of creative work. The great Romantic poem of human consciousness, it takes as its theme 'the growth of a poet's mind': leading the reader back to Wordsworth's formative moments of childhood and youth, and detailing his experiences as a radical undergraduate in France at the time of the Revolution. Initially inspired by Coleridge's exhortation that Wordsworth write a work upon the French Revolution, The Prelude has ultimately become one of the finest examples of poetic autobiography ever written; a fascinating examination of the self that also presents a comprehensive view of the poet's own creative vision.

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"The Prelude is a poem of many versions. Like Whitman, Wordsworth lived to be an old man, and kept bringing his work up to date." --Jonathan Wordsworth
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140433692
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 637,698
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Wordsworth is descended from William Wordsworth’s younger brother, Christopher. He is chairman of the Wordsworth Trust and retired professor of English literature at Oxford.

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