Selected Poetry

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Wordsworth's verse declares a belief in the power of poetry to teach by appealing to the imagination and to the 'grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which man knows, and feels, and lives, and moves'. His unique relationship with the poet and political activist Samuel Taylor Coleridge, formed in the political and social ferment of the 1790s, produced a revolution in literature, resulting in the joint volume, Lyrical Ballads 1798-1805 - a landmark in the history of English Romanticism. This selection, chosen...
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Overview

Wordsworth's verse declares a belief in the power of poetry to teach by appealing to the imagination and to the 'grand elementary principle of pleasure, by which man knows, and feels, and lives, and moves'. His unique relationship with the poet and political activist Samuel Taylor Coleridge, formed in the political and social ferment of the 1790s, produced a revolution in literature, resulting in the joint volume, Lyrical Ballads 1798-1805 - a landmark in the history of English Romanticism. This selection, chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition, includes all Wordsworth's finest lyrics, and a large sample of The Prelude 1805, his extraordinary autobiographical poem in blank verse and the first truly great achievement of a new era in English poetry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199536887
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 454,005
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Note on the Text
Old Man Travelling 1
The Ruined Cottage 1
[A Night-Piece] 15
[The Discharged Soldier] 15
The Old Cumberland Beggar 20
Lines Written at a Small Distance from my House 25
Goody Blake and Harry Gill 26
The Thorn 30
The Idiot Boy 36
Lines written in Early Spring 50
Anecdote for Fathers 50
We Are Seven 52
Expostulation and Reply 55
The Tables Turned 56
Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey 57
The Fountain 61
The Two April Mornings 63
'A slumber did my spirit seal' 65
Song ('She dwelt among th' untrodden ways') 66
'Strange fits of passion I have known' 66
Lucy Gray 67
Nutting 69
'Three years shew grew in sun and shower' 70
The Brothers 72
Hart-Leap Well 84
from Home at Grasmere 90
from Poems on the Naming of Places 99
To Joanna 99
'A narrow girdle of rough stones and crags' 101
Michael 104
'I travelled among unknown Men' 116
To a Sky-Lark 117
Alice Fell 117
Beggars 119
To a Butterfly ('Stay near me') 121
To the Cuckoo 121
'My heart leaps up when I behold' 122
To H.C., Six Years Old 123
'Among all lovely things my Love had been' 124
To a Butterfly (I've watched you) 124
'These chairs they have no words to utter' 125
Resolution and Independence 126
Travelling 130
'Within our happy Castle there dwelt one' 130
'The world is too much with us' 132
'With Ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh' 133
'Dear Native Brooks your ways have I pursued' 133
'Great Men have been among us' 134
Composed by the Sea-Side, near Calais 134
'It is a beauteous Evening, calm and free' 135
To Toussaint L'Ouverture 135
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge 136
London, 1802 136
'Nuns fret not at their Convent's narrow room' 137
'She was a Phantom of delight' 137
Ode to Duty 138
Ode ('There was a time') 140
'I wandered lonely as a Cloud' 145
Stepping Westward 146
The Solitary Reaper 147
Elegiac Stanzas 148
A Complaint 150
Gipsies 151
St Paul's 151
'Surprized by joy - impatient as the Wind' 152
Yew-Trees 153
The River Duddon: Conclusion 154
Airey-Force Valley 154
Extempore Effusion Upon the Death of James Hogg 155
from The Prelude 157
Abbreviations 225
Notes 225
Further Reading 246
Index of Titles and First Lines 250
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