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One of the most enduringly popular of the Romantic poets, William Wordsworth epitomized the spirit of his age with his celebration of the natural world and his 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 as 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.
William Wordsworth (1770-û1850) was a major English Romantic poet known for his lyric verse. He was made poet laureate of England in 1843. Stephen Gill is professor of English literature at Oxford University, a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and a member of the Wordsworth Trust. He is the author of William Wordsworth: A Life and Wordsworth and the Victorians. Christopher Ricks is professor of humanities at Boston University and most recently author of Dylan-'s Visions of Sin.
Table of Contents
A Note on the Texts
Old Man Travelling
The Ruined Cottage
The Old Cumberland Beggar
Lines Written at a Small Distance from my House
Goody Blake and Harry Gill
The Idiot Boy
Lines Written in Early Spring
Anecdote for Fathers
We Are Seven
Expostulation and Reply
The Tables Turned
Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
The Two April Mornings
'A slumber did my spirit seal'
Song ('She dwelt among th' untrodden ways')
'Strange fits of passion I have known'
'Three years she grew in sun and shower'
From Home at Grasmere
From Poems on the Naming of Places
'A narrow girdle of rough stones and crags'
'I travelled among unknown Men'
To a Sky-Lark
To a Butterfly ('Stay near me')
To the Cuckoo
'My heart leaps up when I behold'
To H. C., Six Years Old
'Among all lovely things my Love had been'
To a Butterfly ('I've watched you')
Resolution and Independence
'Within our happy Castle there dwelt one'
'The world is too much with us'
'With Ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh'
'Dear Native Brooks your ways have I pursued'
'Great Men have been among us'
'It is not to be thought of that the Flood'
'When I have borne in memory what has tamed'
'England! the time is come when thou shouldst wean'
Composed by the Sea-Side, near Calais
'It is a beauteous Evening, calm and free'
To Toussaint L'Ouverture
Composed in the Valley, near Dover, on the Day of Landing
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
'Nuns fret not at their Convent's narrow room'
'She was a Phantom of delight'
Ode to Duty
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
'I wandered lonely as a Cloud'
The Solitary Reaper
'Surprized by joy - impatient as the Wind'
Composed at Cora Linn
To R. B. Haydon, Esq. ('High is our calling, Friend!')
Sequel to the Foregoing [Beggars]
Ode: Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendor and Beauty
The River Duddon: Conclusion
'The unremitting voice of nightly streams'
Extempore Effusion Upon the Death of James Hogg
'Glad sight wherever new with old'
At Furness Abbey
'I know an aged Man constrained to dwell'
from The Prelude
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
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