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William Wordsworth: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)


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One of the most enduringly popular of the Romantic poets, William Wordsworth epitomized the spirit of his age with his celebration of the natural world and his belief in the importance of feeling. This volume brings together a rich selection from the most creative period of Wordsworth’s life—from “Tintern Abbey,” an ode on the restorative powers of nature written during his intense friendship with Coleridge, to excerpts from his epic autobiographical poem, The Prelude. Also included are much-loved short works such as “I wandered as lonely as a Cloud,” “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge,” and the poignant “Lucy Gray.” These poems demonstrate Wordsworth’s astonishing range, power, and inventiveness, and the sustained and captivating vision that informed his work.

  • The inaugural volume in a new program of selected poetry especially commissioned for Penguin Classics
  • Includes a chronology, suggestions for further reading, explanatory notes, and an index of titles and first lines
  • In his introduction, Wordswort biographer Stephen Gill examines the personal and political events that shaped the poet's career and traces the major themes that run through his work


The first of a new series of short selections of poetry especially commissioned for Penguin Classics.

About the Author

William Wordsworth (1770–1850) was a major English Romantic poet known for his lyric verse. He was made poet laureate of England in 1843.

Stephen Gill is professor of English literature at Oxford University, a fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and a member of the Wordsworth Trust. He is the author of William Wordsworth: A Life and Wordsworth and the Victorians.

Christopher Ricks is professor of humanities at Boston University and most recently author of Dyla‛s Visions of Sin.

Table of Contents

William Wordsworth: Selected Poems Chronology


Further Reading

A Note on the Texts

Selected Poems

Old Man Travelling

The Ruined Cottage

A Night-Piece

The Old Cumberland Beggar

Lines Written at a Small Distance from my House

Goody Blake and Harry Gill

The Thorn

The Idiot Boy

Lines Written in Early Spring

Anecdote for Fathers

We Are Seven

Expostulation and Reply

The Tables Turned

Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

The Fountain

The Two April Mornings

'A slumber did my spirit seal'

Song ('She dwelt among th' untrodden ways')

'Strange fits of passion I have known'

Lucy Gray


'Three years she grew in sun and shower'

The Brothers

Hart-Leap Well

from Home at Grasmere

from Poems on the Naming of Places

To Joanna

'A narrow girdle of rough stones and crags'


'I travelled among unknown Men'

To a Sky-Lark

Alice Fell


To a Butterfly ('Stay near me')

To the Cuckoo

'My heart leaps up when i behold'

To H. C., Six Years Old

'Among all lovely things my Love had been'

To a Butterfly ('I've watched you')

Resolution and Independence

'Within our happy Castle there dwelt one'

'The world is too much with us'

'With Ships the sea was sprinkled far and nigh'

'Dear Native Brooks your ways have i pursued'

'Great Men have been among us'

'It is not to be thought of that the Flood'

'When I have borne in memory what has tamed'

'England! the time is come when thou shouldst wean'

Composed by the Seas-Side, near Calais

'It is a beauteous Evening, calm and free'

To Toussaint L'Ouverture

Composed in the Valley, near Dover, on the Day of Landing

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

London, 1802

'Nuns fret not at their Convent's narrow room'

Yarrow Unvisited

'She was a Phantom of delight'

Ode to Duty

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood

'I wandered lonely as a Cloud'

Stepping Westward

The Solitary Reaper

Elegiac Stanzas

A Complaint


St. Paul's

'Surprised by joy—impatient asthe Wind'


Composed at Cora Linn

Yarrow Visited

To R. B. Haydon, Esq. ('High is our calling, Friend!')

Sequel to the Foregoing (Beggars)

Ode: Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendor and Beauty

The River Duddon: Conclusion

'The unremitting voice of nightly streams'

Airey-Force Valley

Extempore Effusion Upon the Death of James Hogg

'Glad sight wherever new with old'

At Furness Abbey

'I know an aged Man constrained to dwell'

from The Prelude

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Book VI

Book VII


Book IX

Book X

Book XI

Book XII



Index of Titles

Index of First Lines

Product Details

Gill, Stephen
Penguin Books
Gill, Stephen
Gill, Stephen
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Single Author - British & Irish
English poetry -- 19th century.
English poetry -- 18th century.
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
April 2005
Grade Level:
from 12
198 X 129 in.
Age Level:
from 18

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