William Wordsworth's the Prelude: A Casebook

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195180916
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/23/2006
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Gill is University Professor of English at Oxford University and the author of William Wordsworth: A Life and Wordsworth and the Victorians (both OUP).

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Table of Contents

William Wordsworth : "a pure organic pleasure from the lines" 43
Revision as form : Wordsworth's drowned man 73
'Dithyrambic fervour' : the lyric voice of The Prelude 123
'A strong confusion' : Colerdige's presence in The Prelude 147
The via naturaliter negativa 181
The Prelude and The Recluse : Wordsworth's long journey home 209
The image of a mighty mind (1805, book 13) 225
The creative soul : Simplon pass to Mount Snowdon 259
Writing the self/self writing : William Wordsworth's Prelude 293
Wordsworth and the conception of The Prelude 305
'Some other being' : Wordsworth in The Prelude 321
A transformed revolution : The Prelude, books 9-13 341
A language that is ever green 377
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