First published in 1974. Wordsworth, with Coleridge, is the major literary critic of the Romantic period. This volume assembles all of Wordsworth’s formal critical writings and a selection of critical comments from his correspondence. These documents are invaluable for Romantic poetry at large, and his theories — particularly on poetic diction, ordinary language and the nature of the creative process — inspired lively critical debate. This book discusses the nature and origin of Wordsworth’s criticism in general, and the literary tradition from which they sprang. The texts are succinctly annotated and there is a select bibliography. This book will be of interest to students of literature.
Table of Contents
Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1 Preface to The Borderers (1796-7) 2 Advertisement to Lyrical Ballads (1798) 3Preface and Appendix to Lyrical Ballads (1800, 1802) 4 Note to ‘The Thorn’ (1800) 5 Letter to Charles James Fox (1801) Letter to John Wilson (1802) 7 Letter to Lady Beaumont (1807) 8 Letter to S. T. Coleridge 9 Essays upon Epitaphs (1810?) 10 Preface to The Excursion (1814) 11 Preface of 1815 (1815) 12 Essay, Supplementary to the Preface (1815) 13 Letter to Catherine Clarkson (1815); Bibliography; Index