Selected Poems (Wordsworth, William)

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  • Copyright: 2005-03-29
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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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.

Author Biography

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

Chronologyp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Further Readingp. xxix
A Note on the Textsp. xxxii
Old Man Travellingp. 3
The Ruined Cottagep. 3
A Night-Piecep. 18
The Old Cumberland Beggarp. 19
Lines Written at a Small Distance from my Housep. 24
Goody Blake and Harry Gillp. 26
The Thornp. 30
The Idiot Boyp. 38
Lines Written in Early Springp. 53
Anecdote for Fathersp. 54
We Are Sevenp. 56
Expostulation and Replyp. 59
The Tables Turnedp. 60
Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbeyp. 61
The Fountainp. 66
The Two April Morningsp. 68
'A slumber did my spirit seal'p. 71
Song ('She dwelt among th' untrodden ways')p. 71
'Strange fits of passion I have known'p. 72
Lucy Grayp. 73
Nuttingp. 75
'Three years she grew in sun and shower'p. 77
The Brothersp. 78
Hart-Leap Wellp. 92
From Home at Grasmerep. 99
From Poems on the Naming of Placesp. 109
To Joannap. 109
'A narrow girdle of rough stones and crags'p. 112
Michaelp. 114
'I travelled among unknown Men'p. 128
To a Sky-Larkp. 128
Alice Fellp. 129
Beggarsp. 131
To a Butterfly ('Stay near me')p. 133
To the Cuckoop. 133
'My heart leaps up when I behold'p. 135
To H. C., Six Years Oldp. 135
'Among all lovely things my Love had been'p. 136
To a Butterfly ('I've watched you')p. 137
Resolution and Independencep. 137
'Within our happy Castle there dwelt one'p. 142
'The world is too much with us'p. 144
'With Ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh'p. 145
'Dear Native Brooks your ways have I pursued'p. 145
'Great Men have been among us'p. 146
'It is not to be thought of that the Flood'p. 146
'When I have borne in memory what has tamed'p. 147
'England! the time is come when thou shouldst wean'p. 147
Composed by the Sea-Side, near Calaisp. 148
'It is a beauteous Evening, calm and free'p. 149
To Toussaint L'Ouverturep. 149
Composed in the Valley, near Dover, on the Day of Landingp. 150
Composed Upon Westminster Bridgep. 150
London, 1802p. 151
'Nuns fret not at their Convent's narrow room'p. 151
Yarrow Unvisitedp. 152
'She was a Phantom of delight'p. 154
Ode to Dutyp. 155
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhoodp. 157
'I wandered lonely as a Cloud'p. 164
Stepping Westwardp. 164
The Solitary Reaperp. 165
Elegiac Stanzasp. 166
A Complaintp. 169
Gipsiesp. 169
St Paul'sp. 170
'Surprized by joy - impatient as the Wind'p. 171
Yew-Treesp. 172
Composed at Cora Linnp. 173
Yarrow Visitedp. 175
To R. B. Haydon, Esq. ('High is our calling, Friend!')p. 178
Sequel to the Foregoing [Beggars]p. 178
Ode: Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendor and Beautyp. 180
The River Duddon: Conclusionp. 183
'The unremitting voice of nightly streams'p. 183
Airey-Force Valleyp. 184
Extempore Effusion Upon the Death of James Hoggp. 184
'Glad sight wherever new with old'p. 186
At Furness Abbeyp. 186
'I know an aged Man constrained to dwell'p. 187
from The Preludep. 188
p. 188
p. 204
p. 218
p. 224
p. 231
p. 241
p. 246
p. 252
p. 259
p. 263
p. 271
p. 275
p. 278
Notesp. 285
Index of Titlesp. 309
Index of First Linesp. 311
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