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Vision and Disenchantment : Blake's Songs and Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads - Heather Glen

Vision and Disenchantment

Blake's Songs and Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads

Paperback Published: 5th September 1983
ISBN: 9780521271981
Number Of Pages: 412

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Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience and Wordsworth's contributions to Lyrical Ballads were both published in the last decade of the eighteenth century. The similarities between the two collections have often been noticed. However, as Dr Glen argues, to assimilate both collections to a common 'Romanticism' is to obscure that which is most distinctive in each. Each was shaped by and responsive to very different social and cultural pressures in the England of its time and offers a very different vision of human possibility. Moreover each poet uses the language which is the intimate register and vehicle of his society's experience in a very different way. This is a challenging and persuasive interpretation of poems too often seen as part of a coherent and accepted literary tradition: poems which present a continuing challenge to all who would explore possibilities for creative social change. It will be of great interest to all serious readers of Romantic poetry.

Note on the texts
Poetic 'simplicity': Blake's Songs and eighteenth-century children's verse
Poetic 'simplicity': Lyrical Ballads and magazine verse
The real language of men
Vision and morality: Songs of Innocence
The morality of experience: Songs of Experience
Morality through experience: Lyrical Ballads 1798
Desire and disillusion: the Goslar Lyrics
Names and signs: the poems of Grasmere
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ISBN: 9780521271981
ISBN-10: 0521271983
Series: Cambridge Paperback Library
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 412
Published: 5th September 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.52