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Selected Poems (Everymans Library)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  551 ratings  ·  36 reviews
It is hard to imagine how radically the tender songs and simple stories in this collection changed the history of English poetry, but Wordsworth exerted a profound influence on the whole of nineteeth-century culture in Britain and America.

His literary revolution was founded on three principles: introspection, nature worship and the cult of ordinary experience. These three
Hardcover, 523 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Everyman (first published September 1st 1879)
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Daniel Wright
I am not a fan of Wordsworth. I find his poems veering towards the sentimental and obscure. I think his influence in this direction has been mostly negative. But I can respect his ability to put one word after another, and his status as a pioneer - albeit of lands I have no wish to tread.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Asra Ghouse
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-reads, poetry
William Wordsworth was greatly inspired by nature. No wonder his poems were the most beautiful of all times. He was a smart, shrewd kid. He learned quickly the importance and significance of early experiences. By his twenties he knew this truth and he developed his greatest works in the next ten years.
"As a poet, he was always at his best while struggling to become a whole person, to reconcile the sense of incoherence and disappointment forced upon him by time and circumstance with those intimat
Ankit Ramesh Solanki
Some good romantic poem collections. Themes of the poetries revolved around childhood, wandering, love life, and romanticism. I wasn't quite intrigued by the mental picture I formed; it's probably because of my diversion through that areas.

I am amazed by the unique writing style of Wordsworth; As I expected it to be before I read this book. Also, I get to read 1950th revised edition; which smelled like old woods, so that was intriguing in itself.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is proof that tastes change as you age: at university I was not a fan, but now William has the power to move me to tears!
I much prefer his earlier work, and I disagree that 'The Prelude' is his greatest work. It does what William wanted it to do - to keep him in people's minds as a great poet; and he is a great poet.
Todd Williams
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alex Kartelias
After skimming through his poetry for 4 years, I've finally read it all the way through. His worship of nature I think should inspire anyone who feels a need to reconnect with God/Nature. The universe spoke through him and his words still vibrate today.
Anna Maria Ballester Bohn
Part of my purpose of reading at least one poem a day, this was pulled from my library quite randomly. I frankly didn't think I'd enjoy these poems as much as I did, being all elegiac about nature and all that. I will not even pretend to do a literary analysis. I will just say I found a phrase that made me pause - for beauty, for relevance, for being so surprisingly modern - in almost every poem. But than, again, it is Wordsworth, so what am I surprised about. Recommended especially if you like ...more
Katie Bowman
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great collection of Wordsworth poems.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Surprised by joy--impatient as the Wind" These lines encapsulate some of the feeling engendered by these romantic poems of one of Britain's greatest poets.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This edition explanatory notes are pretty bad, mostly consisting in "this poem was composed in XXX" and nothing else, I would have also liked some kind of appendix similar to the ones in Keats' volume, but still...
It's Wordworth.
It's a collection worth reading.

(uhm, pun not intended)
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
Andrew Ives
I enjoyed this book rather less than I had hoped. While Wordsworth is undoubtedly a great writer, he has some peculiar choices for some of his poems' subject matter. I find it completely understandable to write about the splendour of nature, weather, countryside, animals, particular areas of outstanding geographical beauty and even certain people, but when he rambles on at length about individual flowers, rivers or craggy cliffs, I can't help but feeling he has the onset of some kind of poetic m ...more
Zanib  Sajjad
Finally I've acquainted myself with the worthy Wordsworth; of that title he is most deserving. His rhymes are extremely elegant, and his particular talent at capturing nature is unique.

My favourite description of nature is where he describes a butterfly to be "self-poised upon a pretty little flower". I love this. The way he contrasts the elegant and confident pose of the butterfly on the delicate and ever breakable flower is so striking and true of human nature.

I would recommend Wordsworth for
J. Alfred
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two confessions related to the poems in this volume: 1. I get all trembley when I read "Tintern Abbey." I'm at a complete loss for how to quantify it, but I think it's one of the best poems in our language. 2. I absolutely understand the emotion of "Strange Fits of Passion I Have Known." Does anybody else get that weird, horrible feeling where you start wondering-- for little or no reason-- if a loved one has been hurt or killed? And you freak yourself out to no end until you hear from that pers ...more
Chrystal Phillips
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2016
A rekindled love for Romantic Era poetry through the words of William Wordsworth! This was definitely a small sampling of his works - I really loved several & there were a few of his epic length one that I found hard to keep up with the narrator. I listened to an audiobook version from my library & found it easier to comprehend more fully by googling a print copy to follow along with.
Either way, Wordsworth evokes emotional and sensory reaction and paints beautiful pictures of his travel
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Jun 05, 2013 marked it as discarded  ·  review of another edition
I always wanted to read some Wordsworth because I somehow had the idea he was a good poet.
I got the audio book and listened.... for about 2 hours.
Maybe I am not currently in the right space for it, but I felt I was getting really bored and didn't enjoy some of the rhymes at all. After an interminably long and sad story about a sheep herder and his son I was starting to get depressed. That did it for me. Maybe another time.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars because it's William Wordsworth we are talking about. I just read random poems and reviews from the book.

"I saw Eternity the other night,
like a great ring of pure and endless light,
All calm as it was bright,
All round beneath it Time in hours, days, years,
Driven by the spheres,
Like a vast shadow moved ; in which the world,
And all her train were hurled."

Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lucy Williams
I was a bit disappointed with this book as I have previously read a few Wordsworth poems but most of them were not in here. Also I felt a lot of his poems were really very long and I find I don't enjoy these types of poems very much.
Melissa Martin-Shaw
Read this for uni and although I'm not one for poetry I did enjoy it. It's always good to broaden your horizons and I think Wordsworth is someone everyone should read even if you have claimed to have a poetry allergy to get out of it in the past like me.
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.

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.
Pam Ela
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Jan 21, 2012 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.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
some true stories,funny,interesting,full of life and other bits that are rather long or short.
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.
Michela Book_butterflies
I love Wordsworth and I think Flavio Giacomantonio did an amazing translation.
Also in the book for each poem you ahave a small explanation to better understand the poet
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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