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Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth represents Wordsworth’s prolific output, from the poems first published in Lyrical Ballads in 1798 that changed the face of English poetry to the late “Yarrow Revisited.” Wordsworth’s poetry is celebrated for its deep feeling, its use of ordinary speech, the love of nature it expresses, and its representation of commonplace things and...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1950 by Harlan Davidson (first published April 28th 1913)
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Apr 29, 2013 Dolors rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who likes Romantic English Poets
Recommended to Dolors by: Cristina
Shelves: read-in-2013, poetry
***Updated on April 29th, see below***

I can't help it if my heart doesn't leap with joy with Wordsworth's respectful and magisterial poems. I feel some kind of guilty distance with his realistic and moderated exultation of Nature, his aspirations towards perfection and his Odes full of bucolic and idealized countryside.

There are some brilliant stanzas though which show the almost anecdotal wonders of an apparently monotonous life, but still I find them lacking in originality and too self-center...more
Conversation with Not while crossing Westminster Bridge earlier this afternoon:

N: Let's get off this bridge and go somewhere where there aren't so many fucking tourists.

Me: Hey! Remember Earth hath not anything to show more fair!


N: Than what?

Wordsworth is a guilty dislike for me. So many poets don't only like him but credit him with their very inspiration as to what poetry is and should be. Last summer I endeavored to make peace with Wordsworth once and for all. I skipped the juvenelia, and went straight for the "young" Wordsworth. My complaints I can find very quickly--many many poems about A man wandering unhappy, ill at ease, or at least lonely--he encounters daffodils/a leech gatherer/nature's primal majesty and whatever was bot...more
Jul 28, 2011 Tori rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favourites
Brilliant. Words cannot express how much i adore William Wordsworth. My edition is this cute little 1963 reprint with a yellow cover that i acquired from a lovely old lady who was moving house. She used it when she was studying his works, so it's filled with her notes!
Tintern Abbey

Five years have past; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! and again I hear
These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
With a sweet inland murmur.—Once again
Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
Which on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky.
The day is come when I again repose
Here, under this dark sycamore, and view
These plots of cottage-ground, these orchard-tufts,
Which, at t...more
Ryan Heaven
I love Wordsworth: the sublime, beautiful natural imagery, the element of surprise, the power of the child's mind, looking outward to look inward. He's great!

My favourite poems of his would have to be Tintern Abbey, The Thorn, Ode, I wandered lonely as a cloud (of course!) and, although I only read a small section, Book I of The Prelude.

His wild, glorious natural landscape is a joy to immerse yourself in and that, as well as his simple writing style, makes for an enjoyable read - in contrast wi...more
Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth represents Wordsworth’s prolific output, from the poems first published in Lyrical Ballads in 1798 that changed the face of English poetry to the late “Yarrow Revisited.” Wordsworth’s poetry is celebrated for its deep feeling, its use of ordinary speech, the love of nature it expresses, and its representation of commonplace things and
Scott Gates
“That men, least sensitive, see, hear, perceive
And cannot choose but feel.”

Yes, if you’re going to read Wordsworth you’re going to have to stomach stuff like the above. I read the entirety of the Prelude over the course of two years. At times I could not bear to read another stanza. To me, the poem veered wildly between passages of stunning beauty and clarity, longwinded lectures about politics, quaint discourses on “Man” and the “Ideal,” and a few others motifs. I could distill the situation of...more
Two poetry books I have ever been tempted to buy are Wordswoth's "The Prelude" and Byron's "Don Juan".
BUT they are so damn BIG!!!!
An excerpt of a stanza...or two may strike you.
But when there is page after endless page in a volume as thick as a brick, well, you know what I mean, the gold nugget just gets swept along in the flow of either too many gold nuggets or so few that you overlook it.
Get my drift.
So...I am going to read my Signet edition from University days, the Selected Poetry and Prose...more
Tina Dalton
I'm in love with Wordsworth's writing. I've never been one to like poetry, and now suddenly, I love it. All thanks to him.
Jan 16, 2008 Andres rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Jane
Not much to say, his stylish writing and unique view of the main topics in life (love, hate, honor, etc) is just overwhelming.

"She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment´s ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight´s, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From Maytime and the cheerful Dawn
A dancing Shape, an Image Gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay"

I suggest to read "Character of the Happy Warrior"
Although he's sometimes seen as ultra-conventional, ftmp, I think an appropriate musical analog to Wordsworth's work might be the music of Schubert, or, especially, Brahms— which I've continually found to be very cutting-edge just beneath the surface of pop accessibility. Wordsworth was audacious enough, for example, to write an epic conversation poem, the subject of which was his own mind ["The Prelude", his masterpiece— portions of which are not included in this edition, btw, which sucks sever...more
If you enjoy any of the Transcendental authors, I don't think you can help but like Wordsworth. He is a true artist of imagery. It's not necessarily that I love all nature poems -- I'm not a fan of Robert Frost, for example -- but Wordsworth intermingles spirituality and intellectualism in a beauteous way. This is a great collection of poetry for those who love nature for its sheer power to make you ponder the lovely and the profound.
Reading this book, I realized that I much prefer 20th and 21st century poetry (e.g. Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, etc.) much more than 17th century poetry. However, Wordsworth certainly has a way with words and the English language. I gave it one star because I found it dry as dirt, but had a lot of time today (procrastinating!) to read the requisite 75 pages for the College Students Spring/Summer Challenge.
A very enjoyable Romantic poet, deals mostly with subjects that are more realistic and down-to-earth. The class I was in applied the lens of nostalgia/longing to the poems, and that proved to be very enjoyable, so I would recommend doing the same. I also recommend reading in conjunction with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and, to some degree, Keats.
I've always had trouble reading poetry. I've never really enjoyed it...I just don't "get" it.

Maybe it's because of English/Language Arts class all through school where we had to disect the meaning of every line or stanza.

Todd Williams
A couple of minor omissions I would’ve liked to see (Simon Lee, for example), but solid collection from one of the best poets ever. I especially like that this includes a healthy selection of The Prelude.
Xiao-xia Li
As a non English native speaker, it's pretty challenging to read English poetry. However, Wordsworth is one of those poets who unfolded the world in his imagery regardless of the language barrier!
Rashad Raoufi
a beautiful ode to nature, he cpatures it beautifully and therea sre some really deep commentary/obersvations about human nature and politics. a must read and every home should have a copy.
A very good selection of Wordsworth.
'Lucy Gray' is my instant favorite Wordsworth poem. His style reminds me of a peaceful countryside. I like his narrative poems but only the short ones.
Many of Wordsworth's poems reminded me of Robert Frost. Both in the topics and in the way that I only found a few that I personally enjoyed.
Matt De Kam
Wordsworth is one of my favorites.
Daffodils is one of the best.
The world is too much with us.
My heart leaps up.
etc, etc.
He has quite a few lovely poems. One of my favorite is 'I wandered lonely as a cloud'.
Dec 11, 2012 Mark marked it as on-pause  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poems-poetry
Put on-pause 11 December 2012 although has been on pause since before moving.
It's Wordsworth. Not much else needs to be said. Beautiful stuff.
Wordsworth's poems are absolutely beautiful.
Aug 02, 2008 Ian marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Really need to re-read this soon
Ah.. the colors of my soul!
Emily Mejia
so inspiring...
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William Wordsworth was a major English romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their 1798 joint publication, Lyrical Ballads.

Wordsworth's masterpiece is generally considered to be The Prelude, an autobiographical poem of his early years which the poet revised and expanded a number of times. The work was posthumously titled and publ...more
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