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The Prelude: A Parallel Text (Penguin Classics)

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The great Romantic poem of human consciousness, The Prelude takes as its theme 'the growth of a poet's mind'. In its search for the origins of the adult personality, The Prelude takes the reader back to the formative moments of childhood and youth: the baby at the breast, the boy ranging over the Cumbrian fells, the revolutionary undergraduate. In many ways it can be seen as the first modern poem, challenging Milton in its redefinition of epic, as Milton challenged Homer and Virgil. This new Penguin English Poets edition of The Prelude contains the brief first draft, Was It for This, composed in 1798; The Prelude in two books completed in 1799; and The Prelude in its 1805 and 1850 versions, printed here in parallel texts. The editor provides an invaluable introduction to the texts and fuller, more detailed notes than in any previous edition, as well as significant textual variants and a biographical table of dates.

Synopsis:

An annotated parallel-text edition of Wordsworth's autobiographical poem in blank verse.

Synopsis:

First published in July 1850, shortly after Wordsworth's death, The Prelude was the culmination of over fifty years of creative work. The great Romantic poem of human consciousness, it takes as its theme 'the growth of a poet's mind': leading the reader back to Wordsworth's formative moments of childhood and youth, and detailing his experiences as a radical undergraduate in France at the time of the Revolution. Initially inspired by Coleridge's exhortation that Wordsworth write a work upon the French Revolution, The Prelude has ultimately become one of the finest examples of poetic autobiography ever written; a fascinating examination of the self that also presents a comprehensive view of the poet's own creative vision.

About the Author

Jonathan Wordsworth is descended from William Wordsworth’s younger brother, Christopher. He is chairman of the Wordsworth Trust and retired professor of English literature at Oxford.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140433692
Editor:
Wordsworth, Jonathan
Introduction:
Wordsworth, Jonathan
Introduction by:
Wordsworth, Jonathan
Introduction:
Wordsworth, Jonathan
Editor:
Wordsworth, Jonathan
Author:
Maxwell, J. C.
Author:
Wordsworth, William
Author:
Wordsworth, Jonathan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London ;
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Description:
Revised
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
736
Dimensions:
7.76x5.12x1.26 in. 1.09 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , An annotated parallel-text edition of Wordsworth's autobiographical poem in blank verse.
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First published in July 1850, shortly after Wordsworth's death, The Prelude was the culmination of over fifty years of creative work. The great Romantic poem of human consciousness, it takes as its theme 'the growth of a poet's mind': leading the reader back to Wordsworth's formative moments of childhood and youth, and detailing his experiences as a radical undergraduate in France at the time of the Revolution. Initially inspired by Coleridge's exhortation that Wordsworth write a work upon the French Revolution, The Prelude has ultimately become one of the finest examples of poetic autobiography ever written; a fascinating examination of the self that also presents a comprehensive view of the poet's own creative vision.
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