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Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Lyrical Ballads : Critical Perspectives - Patrick Campbell

Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Lyrical Ballads

Critical Perspectives


Published: 23rd September 1991
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"Lyrical Ballads" have always been wedded to controversy. Though the judgments of the periodicals and the ensuing authorial reaction have long since been superseded by a plethora of scholarly interpretations, the debate still focuses on their elusive, paradoxical character. Are the poems traditional or experimental, a random collocation or an organized sequence? Patrick Campbell surveys the critical fluctuations of nearly two centuries while privileging recent approaches which have sought fresh perspectives on the volume - contextual, formalist and genre based, psycho-analytic, materialist, maverick. "The Ancient Mariner", "Tintern Abbey", "The Thorn" and "The Idiot Boy" accorded individual treatment. The author then offers a personal interpretation of all the remaining poems and considers the vexed issue of the unity of "Lyrical Ballads" from a fresh perspective.

List of Abbreviations Introduction PART 1: LYRICAL BALLADS: THE CURRENT OF OPINION Contemporaneous Criticism: the Magazines Victorian and Later Criticism: some Trends PART 2: CRITICISM IN CONTEXT, 1797-8 The Social and Political Background Biographical Considerations: Collaboration or Conflict? The Philosophical Context Literary Influences PART 3: LYRICAL BALLADS: RECENT INTERPRETATIVE STANCES Formalist Approaches: 'The Bridle of Pegasus' The Issue of 'Genre' Psychoanalytical Perspectives Marxist, Historicist and Problematic Readings PART 4: LYRICAL BALLADS: CRITICISM OF THE MAJOR POEMS 'The Ancient Mariner' 'Tintern Abbey' 'The Thorn' 'The Idiot Boy' PART 5: THE POET AS CRITIC: THE PREFACE (1800) PART 6: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES: THE 'OTHER' LYRICAL BALLADS Three Ballads Two Laments 'Goody Blake and Harry Gill' 'Simon Lee' Two Expostulatory Pieces Two Credal Lyrics Two Anecdotes 'The Nightingale' PART 7: FROM ADVERTISEMENT TO ALBATROSS: UNITY OR DIVERSITY? Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780333522592
ISBN-10: 0333522591
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 23rd September 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.8  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1