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Selected Poems - William Wordsworth

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One of the most enduringly popular of Romantic poets, William Wordsworth epitomized the spirit of his age with his celebration of the natural world and belief in the importance of feeling. This volume brings together a rich selection from the most creative period of Wordsworth's life – from 'Tintern Abbey', an ode on the restorative powers of nature written during his intense friendship with Coleridge, to excerpts from his epic autobiographical poem, The Prelude. Also included are much-loved short works such as 'I wandered lonely as a Cloud', 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' and the poignant 'Lucy Gray'. These poems demonstrate Wordsworth's astonishing range, power and inventiveness, and the sustained and captivating vision that informed his work.

About The Author

William Wordsworth was born in the Lake District in April 1770, and died there eighty years later on 23 April 1850. He had three brothers and a sister, Dorothy, to whom throughout his life he was especially close. When she was six, and he was nearly eight, their mother died. Dorothy was sent away to be brought up by relatives, and a year later William was sent to Hawkshead Grammar School, scene of the great childhood episodes of The Prelude.

Wordsworth was cared for in lodgings and led a life of exceptional freedom, roving over the fells that surround the village. The death of his father, agent to the immensely powerful landowner Sir James Lowther, broke in on this happiness when he was thirteen, but did not halt the education through nature that complemented his Hawkshead studies and became the theme of his poetry.

At Cambridge, Wordsworth travelled (experiencing the French Revolution at first hand) and wrote poetry. His twenties were spent as a wanderer, in France, Wales, London, the Lakes, Dorset and Germany. In France he fathered a child whom he did not meet till she was nine because of the War. In 1795 he was reunited with Dorothy, and met Coleridge, with whom he published Lyrical Ballads in 1898, and to whom he addressed The Prelude, his epic study of human consciousness.

In the last days of the century Wordsworth and Dorothy found a settled home at Dove Cottage, Grasmere. Here Wordsworth wrote much of his best-loved poetry, and Dorothy her famous Journals. In 1802 Wordsworth married Dorothy's closest friend, Mary Hutchinson.

Gradually he established himself as the great poet of his age, a turning-point coming with the Collected Poems of 1815. From 1813 Wordsworth and his family lived at Rydal Mount in the next-door valley to Grasmere. In 1843 he became Poet Laureate.

Chronologyp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Further Readingp. xxix
A Note on the Textsp. xxxii
Old Man Travellingp. 3
The Ruined Cottagep. 3
A Night-Piecep. 18
The Old Cumberland Beggarp. 19
Lines Written at a Small Distance from my Housep. 24
Goody Blake and Harry Gillp. 26
The Thornp. 30
The Idiot Boyp. 38
Lines Written in Early Springp. 53
Anecdote for Fathersp. 54
We Are Sevenp. 56
Expostulation and Replyp. 59
The Tables Turnedp. 60
Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbeyp. 61
The Fountainp. 66
The Two April Morningsp. 68
'A slumber did my spirit seal'p. 71
Song ('She dwelt among th' untrodden ways')p. 71
'Strange fits of passion I have known'p. 72
Lucy Grayp. 73
Nuttingp. 75
'Three years she grew in sun and shower'p. 77
The Brothersp. 78
Hart-Leap Wellp. 92
From Home at Grasmerep. 99
From Poems on the Naming of Placesp. 109
To Joannap. 109
'A narrow girdle of rough stones and crags'p. 112
Michaelp. 114
'I travelled among unknown Men'p. 128
To a Sky-Larkp. 128
Alice Fellp. 129
Beggarsp. 131
To a Butterfly ('Stay near me')p. 133
To the Cuckoop. 133
'My heart leaps up when I behold'p. 135
To H. C., Six Years Oldp. 135
'Among all lovely things my Love had been'p. 136
To a Butterfly ('I've watched you')p. 137
Resolution and Independencep. 137
'Within our happy Castle there dwelt one'p. 142
'The world is too much with us'p. 144
'With Ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh'p. 145
'Dear Native Brooks your ways have I pursued'p. 145
'Great Men have been among us'p. 146
'It is not to be thought of that the Flood'p. 146
'When I have borne in memory what has tamed'p. 147
'England! the time is come when thou shouldst wean'p. 147
Composed by the Sea-Side, near Calaisp. 148
'It is a beauteous Evening, calm and free'p. 149
To Toussaint L'Ouverturep. 149
Composed in the Valley, near Dover, on the Day of Landingp. 150
Composed Upon Westminster Bridgep. 150
London, 1802p. 151
'Nuns fret not at their Convent's narrow room'p. 151
Yarrow Unvisitedp. 152
'She was a Phantom of delight'p. 154
Ode to Dutyp. 155
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhoodp. 157
'I wandered lonely as a Cloud'p. 164
Stepping Westwardp. 164
The Solitary Reaperp. 165
Elegiac Stanzasp. 166
A Complaintp. 169
Gipsiesp. 169
St Paul'sp. 170
'Surprized by joy - impatient as the Wind'p. 171
Yew-Treesp. 172
Composed at Cora Linnp. 173
Yarrow Visitedp. 175
To R. B. Haydon, Esq. ('High is our calling, Friend!')p. 178
Sequel to the Foregoing [Beggars]p. 178
Ode: Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendor and Beautyp. 180
The River Duddon: Conclusionp. 183
'The unremitting voice of nightly streams'p. 183
Airey-Force Valleyp. 184
Extempore Effusion Upon the Death of James Hoggp. 184
'Glad sight wherever new with old'p. 186
At Furness Abbeyp. 186
'I know an aged Man constrained to dwell'p. 187
from The Preludep. 188
p. 188
p. 204
p. 218
p. 224
p. 231
p. 241
p. 246
p. 252
p. 259
p. 263
p. 271
p. 275
p. 278
Notesp. 285
Index of Titlesp. 309
Index of First Linesp. 311
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ISBN: 9780140424423
ISBN-10: 0140424423
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th July 2004
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.25