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Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems

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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.
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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".
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.
Author
William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Short Title
LYRICAL BALLADS
Pages
118
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
0140424628
ISBN-13
9780140424621
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
821.7
Year
2007
Publication Date
2007-01-31
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Subtitle
With a Few Other Poems
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Birth
1770, 1772
Death
1850, 1834
Edition
1st
Tag
pengblackclassics
Residence
ENK
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