The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth

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Wordsworth Editions, 1994 - Poetry - 906 pages
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With an Introduction by Antonia Till.

William Wordsworth (1771-1850) is the foremost of the English Romantic poets. He was much influenced by the events of the French Revolution in his youth, and he deliberately broke away from the artificial diction of the Augustan and neo-classical tradition of the eighteenth century. He sought to write in the language of ordinary men and women, of ordinary thoughts, sights and sounds, and his early poetry represents this fresh approach to his art.

Wordsworth spent most of his adult life in the Lake District with his sister Dorothy and his wife Mary, by whom he had four children. His remarkable autobiographical poem 'The Prelude' was completed in 1805, but was not published until after his death, and it is included in this full edition of Wordsworth's poetry.

 

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Contents

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POEMS OF 1704
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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS
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Hartshorn Tree near Penrlth
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Canto IV
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Canto VII
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Introduction
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Continued
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Charles the Second
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William the Third
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THE PRELUDE mt
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The Mothers Return 81 Lament of Mary Queen of Scots on the
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fields 3 Upon the Sight of a Beautiful Picture 252
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To a Sky lark see Grief thou baft lost an етег ready friend 255
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The Idiot Boy u6 Stray Pleasures
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Her Eyes are Wild 144 Address to my Infant Daughter Dora
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fresh and clear CaiitoIV
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Who funded what a pretty sight Ruth
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Dion Composed hi one of the Valleys of West
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Presentiments S With Ships the sea was sprinkled far
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Retirement soi room
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Fair Prime of life were it enough to gild
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Aerial Kockwhoso solitary brow 133 Composed during a Storm
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The Solitary Reaper
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The Blind Highland Boy
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Yarrow Visited September 1811
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Milton thou shouldst be living at this
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The French Army In Russia
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A Prophecy February 1807
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The Oak of Guernica
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Ode 1811When the soa hand of sleep
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Dedication
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Effusion In Presence of tbe Painted Tower
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To H C Robinson
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The Pine of Monte Mario at Rome
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At Vallomhrosa
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In Lombard?
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THE RIVER DUDDON
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Tributary Stream
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A Place of Burial In the South of Scot
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Funeral Service
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By the Seaside
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To Lucca Qlordano
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In the Channel between Uie Coast
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CaveofStaffa
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To Cordelia M Hallsteads Ullswater
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Matthew
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Me to Duty
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SONNETS DEDICATED
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Is Death when orll agulnrt good
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Goody Blake and Harry GUI A true The Cuckoo and the Nightingale
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Prelude prefixed to the Volume entitled
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Destined to war from very Infancy Hawkshead
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Address to the Scholars at the Village JEneld
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Elegiac Musings In the Grounds of Colo THE PRELUDE
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Written after the Death of Charles Lamb Book I IntroductionChildhood
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Inscription for a Monument In Crosthwalte IIIResidences Cambridge
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Book VltReddence In London
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Retrospect Lore of Nature
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Conclusion
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Dedication
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William Wordsworth, 1770 - 1850 Born April 7, 1770 in the "Lake Country" of northern England, the great English poet William Wordsworth, son of a prominent aristocrat, was orphaned at an early age. He attended boarding school in Hawkesmead and, after an undistinguished career at Cambridge, he spent a year in revolutionary France, before returning to England a penniless radical. Wordsworth later received honorary degrees from the University of Durham and Oxford University. He is best known for his work "The Prelude", which was published after his death. For five years, Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy lived very frugally in rural England, where they met Samuel Taylor Coleridge. "Lyrical Ballads", published anonymously in 1798, led off with Coleridge's "Ancient Mariner" and ended with Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey". Between these two masterworks are at least a dozen other great poems. "Lyrical Ballads" is often said to mark the beginning of the English romantic revolution. A second, augmented edition in 1800 was prefaced by one of the great manifestos in world literature, an essay that called for natural language in poetry, subject matter dealing with ordinary men and women, a return to emotions and imagination, and a conception of poetry as pleasure and prophecy. Together with Robert Southey, these three were known as the "Lake Poets", the elite of English poetry. Before he was 30, Wordsworth had begun the supreme work of his life, The Prelude, an immensely long autobiographical work on "The Growth of the Poet's Mind," a theme unprecedented in poetry. Although first finished in 1805, The Prelude was never published in Wordsworth's lifetime. Between 1797 and 1807, he produced a steady stream of magnificent works, but little of his work over the last four decades of his life matters greatly. "The Excursion", a poem of epic length, was considered by Hazlitt and Keats to be among the wonders of the age. After "Lyrical Ballads", Wordsworth turned to his own life, his spiritual and poetical development, as his major theme. More than anyone else, he dealt with mysterious affinities between nature and humanity. Poems like the "Ode on the Intimations of Immortality" have a mystical power quite independent of any particular creed, and simple lyrics like "The Solitary Reaper" produced amazingly powerful effects with the simplest materials. Wordsworth also revived the sonnet and is one of the greatest masters of that form. Wordsworth is one of the giants of English poetry and criticism, his work ranging from the almost childishly simple to the philosophically profound. Wordsworth married Mary Hutchinson in 1802 and in 1813, obtained a sinecure as distributor of stamps for Westmoreland. At this stage of his life, Wordsworth's political beliefs had strayed from liberal to staunchly conservative. His last works were published around 1835, a few trickled in as the years went on, but the bulk of his writing had slowed. In 1842 he was awarded a government pension and in 1843 became the Poet Laureate of England, after the post was vacated by his friend Coleridge. Wordsworth wrote over 523 sonnets in the course of his lifetime. Wordsworth died at Rydal Mount on April 23, 1850. He is buried in Grasme Curchyard. He was 80 years old.

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