Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems by William Wordsworth

Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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  • ISBN
    9780140424621 / 0140424628
  • Title Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems
  • Author William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Category Poetry
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2007
  • Pages 118
  • Publisher
    Penguin Books
  • Imprint Penguin Classics
  • Edition
    1st
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 132mm x 8mm x 196mm

Annotation

Twenty-three poems that transformed English poetry

Wordsworth and Coleridge composed this powerful selection of poetry during their youthful and intimate friendship. Reproducing the first edition of 1798, this edition of “Lyrical Ballads” allows modern readers to recapture the bookas original impact. In these poemsaincluding Wordsworthas aLines written a few miles above Tintern Abbeya and Coleridgeas aThe Rime of the Ancyent Marinereaathe two poets exercised new energies and opened up new themes.

Publisher Description

A collection of poems exemplifying Romantic aesthetic ideals, whose unique beauty lies in their revolutionary exploration of the 'overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquility', Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth's “Lyrical Ballads” is edited with a note on the text by Michael Schmidt in “Penguin Classics”. Published in 1798, “Lyrical Ballads” is a dazzling collaboration containing twenty-three poems by close friends, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge - two major figures of English Romanticism. The volume heralded a new approach to poetry and expresses the poets' reflections on mankind's relationship with the forces of the world. Coleridge's contribution includes the nightmarish vision of “The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere”, one of the works for which he became best known, as well as the fantastical conversational poem “The Foster-Mother's Tale” and the melancholic “The Nightingale”.
Wordsworth's “We are Seven” depicts a child's naive optimism in the face of the cruel mortality, while “Goody Blake and Harry Gill” and “Simon Lee” celebrate the simplicity and strength he perceived in country people, and “Tintern Abbey” explores the healing powers of nature. This “Penguin Classics” edition allows readers to recapture the full impact and power of “Lyrical Ballads”. It also includes a note on the history of the text by Michael Schmidt. Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) has been criticized as a political turn-coat, drug addict and plagiarist whose wrecked career left only a handful of magical early poems. But the shaping influence of his highly imaginative criticism is now generally accepted, and his position, along with that of William Wordsworth (1770-1850), as one of the two great progenitors of the English Romantic spirit is assured. A great innovator, Wordsworth permanently enlarged the range of English poetry both in subject matter and treatment. If you enjoyed the “Lyrical Ballads”, you might like Wordsworth's “Selected Poems”, also available in “Penguin Classics”.

Author Biography

Coleridge (1772-1834) has been criticized as a political turn-coat, drug addict and plagiarist whose wrecked career left only a handful of magical early poems. But the shaping influence of his highly imaginative criticism is now generally accepted,and his position, along with Wordsworth (1770-1850), as one of the two great progenitors of the English Romantic spirit is assured. A great innovator, Wordsworth permanently enlarged the range of English poetry both in subject matter and treatment. Michael Schmidt is Professor of English and Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of the critical history LIVES OF THE POETS (1999), THE STORY OF POETRY (five volumes, 2001-), and THE FIRST POETS: LIVES OF THE ANCIENT GREEK POETS.

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