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Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth
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Jan 20, 11

Read in January, 2011

I've always shied away from reading poetry anthologies. Since this was a required text for my master's exam, I had no choice. I saved it for last, because I honestly wasn't sure if I would have the mental durability to get through it. Much to my surprise, I found most of the poems to be easily accessible, albeit, I took many notes to help me keep track of the narrative structure. All the poems have a rustic, backwoods, working class quality to them. Moreover, they celebrate the joys and power of nature. I remember enjoying "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" when I was in high school, but I never would have cracked the rest of the text without prompting. I'm glad that I did, and the journey was rewarding. The poems were superbly non-ornament, yet poignantly written; great for reading on a snow day!
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Dominic I heart Wordsworth!

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