When it was first published, Lyrical Ballads enraged the critics of the day: Wordsworth and Coleridge had given poetry a voice, one decidedly different to that which had been voiced before. This acclaimed Routledge Classics edition offers the reader the opportunity to study the poems in their original contexts as they appeared to Coleridge’s and Wordsworth’s contemporaries, and includes some of their most famous poems, including Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancyent Marinere.
'Must have come on like punk rock to a public groaning under the weight of over-cooked Augustanisms.' - The Guardian
Lyrical Ballads. Preface to the Routledge Classics edition by Nicholas Roe. Foreword. Foreword to the 1991 Edition. A Selected Bibliography and List of Abbreviations. Introduction. Lyrical Ballads, 1798. Advertisement. Poems. Lyrical Ballads, 1800. Love. Poems, Volume II. Preface 1800 Version (with 1802 Variants). Notes to the Poems. Appendix A: Text of Lewti; or, the Circassian Love-Chant. Appendix B: Wordsworth’s Appendix on Poetic Diction from 1802 edition of Lyrical Ballads. Appendix C: Some Contemporary Criticism of Lyrical Ballads. Index of Titles. Index of First Lines.