The Prelude: Or, Growth of a Poet's Mind (text of 1805)

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Oxford University Press, 1970 - Literary Criticism - 330 pages
The Prelude, Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem, is crucial to our understanding of his life and poetry. Written between 1798 and 1805, the text was intensively revised in Wordsworth's later years. This volume contains the original version of 1805, which was read to Coleridge. The poem
was first published in 1850, after the poet's death, and is available in Wordsworth's Poetical Works. To facilitate comparison, line numbers of the 1850 text have been placed in square brackets on the right-hand side of the page.
 

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First read over a half-century ago, but chosen now by chance after two M.C. Beaton mysteries: unexpectedly linked by fuel. At Scottish home fires, and in Wordsworth’s childhood two centuries ago, “we ... Read full review

Contents

IntroductionChildhood and SchoolTime I
1
SchoolTime continued
20
Residence at Cambridge
34
Summer Vacation
54
Books
67
Cambridge and the Alps
87
Residence in London
105
RetrospectLove of Nature Leading to Love of Mankind
126
Residence in France and French Revolution
177
Imagination How Impaired and Restored
206
Same Subject continued
218
Conclusion
229
Notes
243
Synopsis of the Poem
321
Index
323
Copyright

Residence in France
151

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William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a major English romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their 1798 joint publication, Lyrical Ballads.

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