Wordsworth and Coleridge

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September 2004



Written in an age of revolutions, Lyrical Ballads represents a radical new way of thinking - not only about literature but also about our fundamental perceptions of the world. The poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge continues to be among the most appealing and challenging in the rich tradition of English Literature; and Lyrical Ballads, composed at the height of the young authors' creative powers, is now widely acclaimed as a landmark in literary history. In this lively study, detailed analysis of individual poems is closely grounded in the literary, political and historical contexts in which Lyrical Ballads was first conceived, realised and subsequently expanded into two volumes. John Blades examines poetry from both volumes and carefully reassesses the poems in the light of Wordsworth's and Coleridge's revolutionary theories, while Part II of the study broadens the discussion by tracing the critical history of Lyrical Ballads over the two centuries since its first publication. Providing students with the critical and analytical skills with which to approach the poems, and offering guidance on further study, this stimulating book is essential reading.


General Editor's Preface.- Some Important Events During the Lives of Wordsworth and Coleridge.- Introduction.- PART I: ANALYSING LYRICAL BALLADS Childhood and Growth of the Mind.- Imagination.- Old Age: A 'vital anxiousness'.- Society Issues: 'the mean and vulgar works of man'.- Nature and the Supernatural: 'the strangeness of it'.- PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS The Politics of Wordsworth and Coleridge.- Reading and Writing in Late Eighteenth-Century England.- The Poet as Critic and Theorist.- Dorothy Wordsworth and the Lake Poets.- Critical Responses to Lyrical Ballads.- Further Reading.- Index.


JOHN BLADES currently lectures at the University of Leeds, UK.
EAN: 9781403904805
ISBN: 1403904804
Untertitel: Lyrical Ballads. 'Analysing Texts'. biography. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Palgrave USA
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2004
Seitenanzahl: 291 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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