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Lyrical Ballads : Longman Annotated Texts - Michael Mason

Paperback Published: 1st February 2007
ISBN: 9781405840606
Number Of Pages: 426

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Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge is a unique work of literature. first published in 1798, it marked a radical change in the direction of English Literature. Lyrical Ballads represented a movement away from the overwrought, highly formal and learned verse of the 18th century and in so doing ushered in a new, more democratic poetic era.

Written in the language of the common man and addressing the concerns of the common man, Lyrical Ballads was the first - and remains the most - truly revolutionary collection of poetry, paving the way for the great Romantic poets - keats, Byron, Shelley et al. - and proving that, while there was no actual revolution on the ground, England could still be the most revolutionary of places.

Lyrical Ballads was not a single phenomenon but a sequence of four editions spread over seven years; its appearance in English literature was not a historical moment but a sequence of moments - 1798, 1800, 1802, 1805. This edition - based on the 1805 edition, but looking back on each of the previous publications - shows how this collection developed, how it was refined and added to by the authors. No other edition on the market has such a wealth of key background information.

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New: Introduction
General introduction: Lyrical Ballads 1798 to 1805
The Wordsworth-Coleridge collaboration
Lyrical Ballads generically considered
An infinite complexity of pain and pleasure
Authors accompanying statements: Coleridge's lines on 'The Nightingale'
Argument to "The Ancient Mariner" (1798)
Coleridge's letter on "love"
Wordsworth's note to "The Thorn"
Wordsworth's note to "The Ancient Mariner"; argument to "The Ancient Mariner" (1800)
Wordsworth to Charles James Fox
Coleridge to William Wilberforce
Coleridge to Sir James Bland Burges
From Wordsworth's letter to Thomas Poole
Wordsworth to John Wilson
Arrangements and classifications
Authors' later comment
The Ancient Mariner The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman
Goody Blake and Harry Gill
The Mad Mother
Ruth 11.49.60 1978 text of The Ancient Mariner
NEW: Textual History of Lyrical Ballads
NEW: Bibilography
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781405840606
ISBN-10: 1405840609
Series: Longman Annotated Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 426
Published: 1st February 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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