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Wordsworth: Poems

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Of all the lasting innovations that William Wordsworth (1770-1850) brought to our literature, it is his discovery of nature and his fresh vision of human lives in the context of nature that have most influenced our cultural climate. Here, collected in this volume, are Wordsworth’s finest works, some of the most beautiful poems ever written: from the famous lyrical ballads, ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 10th 1995 by Everyman's Library (first published 1802)
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Roy Lotz
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Our impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.

The entry for Wordsworth in my copy of The New Lifetime Reading Plan is easily the funniest in the book. Clifton Fadiman was obviously not fond of this verdant poet: “Wordsworth, who never understood how to cut things short, persisted to his eightieth year. Of these years only the first half were, from posterity’s viewpoint, worth living.” According to Fadiman, the large majority of Wordsw
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Carey
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
If you are looking to purchase one volume of Wordsworth's poems this is the one to get!
Rudolph Angeli
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of poems from one of the true masters of the romantic period, and all of it fit neatly in my pocket. It's refreshing to listen to the structured rhythmic styles for a change with a focus on the natural setting and childhood of the poet himself (though his roses were remembered with rose lenses.)
Catherine  Mustread
Not a book meant for speed reading, though I admit some poems I skimmed rather than lingered. Some seemed familiar. Wordsworth would not rank in my top ten list of favorite poets, though I have yet to develop that list.

Some favorite lines: I wandered lonely as a cloud. The Child is father of the man. The world is too much with us, late and soon. One morning, raw it was and wet. Up! up! my friend and quit your books.
Christina knox
Mar 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this in bits. Wordsworth is beautiful and yet, somehow, amusing since I always remember the image of him my lit teacher (also the sponsor of my highschools magic the gathering club I must note), hiking through the mountains with Dorthy, his sister. I always got a giggle out of that.
Hema Nagarajan
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this in bits. Wordsworth is beautiful and yet, somehow, amusing since I always remember the image of him my lit teacher (also the sponsor of my highschools magic the gathering club I must note), hiking through the mountains with Dorthy, his sister. I always got a giggle out of that.
Xio
May 04, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I forget if its already in here.. Letters from Grasmere, the one with Dorothy(?) his sister. Lovely collaboration
Alejandra
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Tintern Abbey, the poem literally changed my life...
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May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Well worth his words.
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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
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“Books! tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it.”
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