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Selected Poetry of William Wordsworthby Mark Van Doren
Synopses & Reviews
Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth represents Wordsworth’s prolific output, from the poems first published in Lyrical Ballads in 1798 that changed the face of English poetry to the late “Yarrow Revisited.” Wordsworth’s poetry is celebrated for its deep feeling, its use of ordinary speech, the love of nature it expresses, and its representation of commonplace things and events. As Matthew Arnold notes, “[Wordsworth’s poetry] is great because of the extraordinary power with which [he] feels the joy offered to us in nature, the joy offered to us in the simple elementary affections and duties.”
Collects poems by William Wordsworth, including "Lucy Gray; or, Solitude," "The Sparrow's Nest," "Laodamia," and "Yarrow Revisited."
William Wordsworth (1770-18 50) was one of the greatest English Romantic poets; among his most significant poems are The Prelude, "Tintern Abbey, " and "Intimations of Immortality."
Mark Van Doren (1894-1973) was a poet, literary critic, and renowned professor of English at Columbia University from 1920 to 1959. His Collected Poems, 1922-1938, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1939.
David Bromwich is a professor of English at Yale University and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth's Poetry of the 1790s (1998).
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
\Mark Van Doren (1894–1973) was an American Pulitzer Prize–winning poet and critic who taught English at Columbia University for nearly thirty years.
David Bromwich is a professor of English at Yale Univer-sity and the author of numerous books, including Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s.
Table of Contents
An Evening Walk. Addressed to a Young Lady
Descriptive Sketches. Taken during a Pedestrian Tour among the Alps
Guilt and Sorrow; or, Incidents upon Salisbury Plain
Lines Left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree, Which Stands Near the Lake of Esthwaite, on a Desolate Part of the Shore, Commanding a Beautiful Prospect
The Reverie of Poor Susan
We Are Seven
Anecdote for Fathers
Goody Blake and Harry Gill. A True Story
Her Eyes Are Wild
Simon Lee, the Old Huntsman; with an Incident in Which He Was Concerned
Lines Written in Early Spring
To My Sister
"A Whirl-Blast from Behind the Hill"
Expostulation and Reply
The Tables Turned. An Evening Scene on the Same Subject
The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman
The Last of the Flock
The Idiot Boy
Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour July 13, 1798
The Old Cumberland Beggar
Animal Tranquillity and Decay
Peter Bell. A Tale
The Simplon Pass
Influence of Natural Objects in Calling Forth and Strengthening the Imagination in Boyhood and Early Youth
There Was a Boy
"Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known"
"She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways"
"I Travelled Among Unknown Men"
"There Years She Grew in Sun and Shower"
"A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal"
A Poet's Epitaph
The Two April Mornings
The Fountain. A Conversation
Lucy Gray; or, Solitude
"Bleak Season Was It, Turbulent and Wild"
"On Nature's Invitation Do I Come"
The Prelude; or, Growth of a Poet's Mind. An Autobiographical Poem
Michael. A Pastoral Poem
The Pet-Lamb. A Pastoral
The Waterfall and the Eglantine
The Oak and the Broom. A Pastoral
The Childless Father
The Sparrow's Nest
The Sailor's Mother
Alice Fell; or, Poverty
To a Butterfly
"My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold"
"Among All Lovely Things My Love Had Been"
Written in March, While Resting on the Bridge at the Foot of Brother's Water
To a Butterfly
To the Small Celandine
Resolution and Independence
"I Grieved for Buonaparte"
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802
Composed by the Sea-side, near Calais, August, 1802
Calais, August, 1802
"It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free"
On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic
To Toussaint L'Ouverture
Composed in the Valley near Dover, on the Day of Landing
Near Dover, September, 1802
In London, September, 1802
"England! The Time Is Come When Thou Should'st Wean"
"Great Men Have Been Among Us"
"It Is Not to Be Thought of That the Flood"
"When I Have Borne in Memory"
Stanzas Written in My Pocket-Copy of Thomson's "Castle of Indolence"
To H. C. Six Years Old
The Green Linnet
The Solitary Reaper
To the Men of Kent. October, 1803
In the Pass of Killicranky, an Invasion Being Expected, October, 1803
Lines on the Expected Invasion, 1803
To the Cuckoo
"She Was a Phantom of Delight"
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
The Affliction of Margaret
The Small Celandine
Ode to Duty
"When to the Attractions of the Busy World"
Elegiac Stanzas, Suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle, in a Storm, Painted by Sir George Beaumont
To a Young Lady, Who Had Been Reproached for Taking Long Walks in the Country
French Revolution, As It Appeared to Enthusiasts at Its Commencement. Reprinted from the Friend
Character of the Happy Warrior
"Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room"
"The World Is Too Much with Us; Late and Soon"
"With Ships the Sea Was Sprinkled Far and Nigh"
"Where Lies the Land to Which Yon Ship Must Go?"
To the Memory of Raisley Calvert
"Methought I Saw the Footsteps of a Throne"
Ode. Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
Thought of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland
"Though Narrow Be That Old Man's Cares"
Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle, upon the Restoration of Lord Clifford, the Shepherd, to the Estates and Honours of His Ancestors
The White Doe of Rylstone; on the Fate of the Nortons
The Excursion, Book I
Yarrow Visited, September, 1814
"Surprised by Joy - Impatient as the Wind"
Ode to Lycoris. May, 1817
Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendour and Beauty
The River Duddon. A Series of Sonnets
Ecclesiastical Sonnets. In Series. (A Selection)
Pt. I. From the Introduction of Christianity into Britain, to the Consummation of the Papal Dominion
Pt. II. To the Close of the Troubles in the Reign of Charles I
Pt. III. From the Restoration to the Present Times
"Scorn Not the Sonnet"
"If Thou Indeed Derive Thy Light from Heaven"
"If This Great World of Joy and Pain"
"Most Sweet It Is with Unuplifted Eyes"
To a Child. Written in Her Album
Preface to the Second Edition of "Lyrical Ballads," 1800
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
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