William Wordsworth's the Prelude: A Casebook

William Wordsworth's the Prelude: A Casebook

by Stephen Gill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195180917

ISBN-13: 9780195180916

Pub. Date: 06/23/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

William Wordsworth's long poem The Prelude is a fascinating work-as autobiography, the fruit of many attempts at understanding the formative period of Wordsworth's life; as a fragment of historical evidence from the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years; as an unstable literary text, which mutated through at least five discernable versions from 1799-1839; and

Overview

William Wordsworth's long poem The Prelude is a fascinating work-as autobiography, the fruit of many attempts at understanding the formative period of Wordsworth's life; as a fragment of historical evidence from the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years; as an unstable literary text, which mutated through at least five discernable versions from 1799-1839; and as a poem offering the pleasures of blank verse in a variety and to an intensity unmatched in English non-dramatic poetry. In this collection, leading Wordsworth scholar Stephen Gill, gathers together thirteen influential essays on The Prelude. The volume as a whole is a useful and inspiring companion for students and general readers of Wordsworth's greatest, but most demanding poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195180916
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/23/2006
Series:
Casebooks in Criticism Series
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction   Stephen Gill     3
William Wordsworth: "A Pure Organic Pleasure from the Lines"   Christopher Ricks     43
Revision as Form: Wordsworth's Drowned Man   Susan Wolfson     73
'Dithyrambic Fervour': The Lyric Voice of The Prelude   Mary Jacobus     123
'A Strong Confusion': Coleridge's Presence in The Prelude   Lucy Newlyn     147
The Via Naturaliter Negativa   Geoffrey H. Hartman     181
The Prelude and The Recluse: Wordsworth's Long Journey Home   M. H. Abrams     209
The Image of a Mighty Mind (1805, Book 13)   Jonathan Wordsworth     225
The Creative Soul: Simplon Pass to Mount Snowdon   William A. Ulmer     259
Writing the Self/Self Writing: William Wordsworth's Prelude   Anne K. Mellor     293
Wordsworth and the Conception of The Prelude   Howard Erskine-Hill     305
'Some Other Being': Wordsworth in The Prelude   Richard Gravil     321
A Transformed Revolution: The Prelude, Books 9-13   Alan Liu     341
A Language That Is Ever Green   Jonathan Bate     377
Suggested Reading     403

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