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Wordsworth's Literary Criticism

1st Edition

Edited by W.J.B. Owen


236 pages

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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

About the Series

RLE: Wordsworth and Coleridge

Beginning with the publication of their joint collection of poems Lyrical Ballads in 1798, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were instrumental in helping to establish the Romantic Movement as a major force in nineteenth century British literature. Two of the movement’s greatest figures, they were responsible for composing some of the most well-known poems in the British literary canon and influenced generations of acolytes. They were also the foremost literary critics of the period, contributing influential writings on literary theory and philosophy — exemplified by Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria.

‘Routledge Library Editions: Wordsworth and Coleridge’ assembles a wide range of scholarship and criticism that covers all aspects of their diverse output and charts the vicissitudes of their lives — examining their poetry, criticism, philosophy and sources of inspiration. It will also help introduce them to newer readers and explain notoriously difficult to understand works like Wordsworth’s The Prelude. This set reissues 14 books originally published between 1960 and 1991 and will be of interest to students of literature and literary history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century