1st Edition

The Simple Wordsworth
Studies in the Poems 1979-1807

ISBN 9781138672031
Published November 30, 2017 by Routledge
162 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1960, this book studies Wordsworth’s ‘simple’ poems, such as the Lyrical Ballads, as products of a sophisticated and powerfully successful literary genius. The author aims to approach the poems as perhaps Wordsworth expected his first readers to; but as they have never been in fact. The result of this approach is to discover a Wordsworth far different to that which he has previously been presented as — the ‘Sage of Rydal’ at one extreme and a naïve perpetrator of poetical blunders at the other — and, the author argues, a far more exciting one. This book will be of interest to students of literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Prologue; I. Wordsworth and Simplicity; II. Three Lyrical Ballads; Simon Lee The Idiot Boy The Thorn; III. Goslar Poems IV. Wordsworth and ‘Nature’ V. The Apotheosis of the Animal; Epilogue

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