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This volume is an excellent introduction to Wordsworth's poetry. His great autobiographical poem The Prelude runs to thirteen books in the text of
1805. But by 1799 the poet had already written a version covering his childhood and adolescence in under a thousand lines. This complete, self-contained work includes most of the beautiful poetry that has made the longer Prelude famous. The text of this two-part Prelude has been in print since 1973 but has not until now been readily ...

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This volume is an excellent introduction to Wordsworth's poetry. His great autobiographical poem The Prelude runs to thirteen books in the text of
1805. But by 1799 the poet had already written a version covering his childhood and adolescence in under a thousand lines. This complete, self-contained work includes most of the beautiful poetry that has made the longer Prelude famous. The text of this two-part Prelude has been in print since 1973 but has not until now been readily available. It is prefaced by two poems that form a natural introduction: The Pedlar, the poet's first autobiographical work, and Tintern Abbey, Wordsworth's much more widely known meditation upon the continuing influence of nature in his life. This volume constitutes the first unified approach, at student level, to Wordsworth's mystic response to nature and the processes of growing up. Jonathan Wordsworth, the poet's great-great-great nephew, has written a full critical introduction to the selection. Notes at the foot of each page include glosses of difficult words, background material and useful comparisons with Wordsworth's own poetry, and that of S. T. Coleridge.

A collection of Wordsworth's poems in their earliest completed form (before the poet's alterations). Also includes the longer narratives and autobiographical piece "The Prelude".

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  • ISBN-13: 9780571206995
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Note on the Text
Old Man Travelling 1
The Ruined Cottage 11
[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 Earl 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 she grew in sun and shower' 70
The Brothers 72
Hart-Leap Well 84
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'Ouveture 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
'Surprised 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: Book I 157
from The Prelude: Book II 168
from The Prelude: Book III 181
from The Prelude: Book IV 183
from The Prelude: Book V 184
from The Prelude: Book VI 193
from The Prelude: Book VII 197
from The Prelude: Book VIII 203
from The Prelude: Book IX 208
from The Prelude: Book X 210
from The Prelude: Book XI 216
from The Prelude: Book XII 220
from The Prelude: Book XIII 221
Abbreviations 225
Notes 225
Further Reading 246
Index of Titles and First Lines 250
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