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Wordsworth and Coleridge : Lyrical Ballads - John Blades

Wordsworth and Coleridge

Lyrical Ballads

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781403904799
Number Of Pages: 291

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Written in an age of revolutions, Lyrical Ballads represents a radical new way of thinking - not only about literature but also about our fundamental perceptions of the world. The poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge continues to be among the most appealing and challenging in the rich tradition of English Literature; and Lyrical Ballads, composed at the height of the young authors' creative powers, is now widely acclaimed as a landmark in literary history.

In this lively study, detailed analysis of individual poems is closely grounded in the literary, political and historical contexts in which Lyrical Ballads was first conceived, realised and subsequently expanded into two volumes. John Blades examines poetry from both volumes and carefully reassesses the poems in the light of Wordsworth's and Coleridge's revolutionary theories, while Part II of the study broadens the discussion by tracing the critical history of Lyrical Ballads over the two centuries since its first publication.

Providing students with the critical and analytical skills with which to approach the poems, and offering guidance on further study, this stimulating book is essential reading.

General Editor's Prefacep. viii
Some Important Events During the Lives of Wordsworth and Coleridgep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Analysing Lyrical Balladsp. 5
Childhood and the Growth of the Mindp. 7
'Lucy Gray'p. 8
'We are seven'p. 16
'There was a Boy'p. 23
'Nutting'p. 32
Conclusionsp. 40
Further Researchp. 41
Imaginationp. 43
'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey'p. 43
'The Nightingale'p. 56
'Love'p. 69
Conclusionsp. 81
Further Researchp. 82
Old Age: a 'vital anxiousness'p. 83
Michael: A Pastoral Poemp. 84
'The Old Cumberland Beggar'p. 100
'The Fountain'p. 114
Conclusionsp. 125
Further Researchp. 126
Social Issues: 'the mean and vulgar works of man'p. 127
'The Convict'p. 128
'The Female Vagrant'p. 141
'The Thorn'p. 156
Conclusionsp. 171
Further Researchp. 172
Nature and the Supernatural: 'the strangeness of it'p. 173
'Lines written in early spring'p. 176
'The Tables Turned'p. 183
The Rime of the Ancient Marinerp. 190
Conclusionsp. 205
Further Researchp. 206
The Context and the Criticsp. 207
The Politics of Wordsworth and Coleridgep. 209
Wordsworth and the 'Rabble-rousers'p. 211
Coleridge and dreams of Utopiap. 214
1798 and afterp. 217
Reading and Writing in Eighteenth-Century Englandp. 220
Publishing, printing and book-sellingp. 221
Effects on writersp. 224
Readers: education and literacyp. 227
The Ballad revivalp. 231
The Poet as Critic and Theoristp. 234
Wordsworth and 'pre-established codes of decision'p. 234
'five hundred Sir Isaac Newtons': Coleridge's literary theoryp. 242
Dorothy Wordsworth and the Lake Poetsp. 251
Dorothy among the poetsp. 252
'more than half a poet': home at Alfoxden and Grasmerep. 257
Dorothy herself: 'Come forth and feel the sun'p. 261
Critical Responses to Lyrical Balladsp. 264
I. A. Richardsp. 269
Robert Mayop. 273
Geoffrey H. Hartmanp. 278
Paul de Manp. 282
Further Readingp. 287
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9781403904799
ISBN-10: 1403904790
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.1  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1