Lyrical Ballads: 1798 and 1802

Lyrical Ballads: 1798 and 1802

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'Listen, Stranger!' Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint collection of poems has often been singled out as the founding text of English Romanticism. Within this initially unassuming, anonymous volume were many of the poems that came to define their age and which have continued to delight readers ever since, including 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', the 'Lucy' poems, 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey', 'A Slumber did my Spirit seal' and many more. Wordsworth's famous Preface is a manifesto not just for Romanticism but for poetry in general. This is the only edition to print both the original 1798 collection and the expanded 1802 edition, with the fullest version of the Preface and Wordsworth's important Appendix on Poetic Diction. It offers modern readers a sense of what it was like to encounter Lyrical Ballads for the first time, and to see how it developed. Important letters are included, as well as a wide-ranging introduction and generous notes. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191646089
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 860,487
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Fiona Stafford has written widely on Romantic literature. Her books include Reading Romantic Poetry (Wiley Blackwell, 2012), and Local Attachments: the Province of Poetry (Oxford, 2010). She has edited Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for Oxford World's Classics.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xi

Introduction xiii

Note on the Text xlvi

Select Bibliography xlvii

A Chronology of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge li

Lyrical Ballads, With a Few Other Poems, 1798

Advertisement 3

The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere 5

The Foster-Mother's Tale 25

Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite 27

The Nightingale, a Conversational Poem 29

The Female Vagrant 32

Goody Blake and Harry Gill 39

Lines written at a small distance from my House, and sent by my little Boy to the Person to whom they are addressed 43

Simon Lee, the old Huntsman 44

Anecdote for Fathers 47

We are Seven 49

Lines written in early spring 51

The Thorn 52

The Last of the Flock 59

The Dungeon 62

The Mad Mother 63

The Idiot Boy 66

Lines written near Richmond, upon the Thames, at Evening 79

Expostulation and Reply 80

The Tables turned; an Evening Scene, on the same subject 81

Old Man travelling 82

The Complaint of a forsaken Indian Woman 83

The Convict 85

Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey 87

Lyrical Ballads, with Pastoral and Other Poems, 1802

Vol. I

Preface 95

Expostulation and Reply 117

The Tables turned; an Evening Scene, on the same subject 118

Animal Tranquillity and Decay, a Sketch 119

Goody Blake and Harry Gill 119

The Last of the Flock 123

Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite 126

The Foster-Mother's Tale 128

The Thorn 129

We are Seven 137

Anecdote for Fathers 139

Lines written at a small distance from my House, and sent by my little Boy to the Person to whom they are addressed 141

The Female Vagrant 142

Lines written in early Spring 149

Simon Lee, the old Huntsman 150

The Nightingale, written in April, 1798 153

The Idiot Boy 156

Love 169

The Mad Mother 172

The Ancient Mariner 175

Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey 193

Wordsworth's Endnotes 199

Vol. II

Hart-leap Well 203

There was a Boy 208

The Brothers 209

Ellen Irwin, or the Braes of Kirtle 222

Strange fits of passion I have known 223

She dwelt among th' untrodden ways 224

A slumber did my spirit seal 225

The Waterfall and the Eglantine 225

The Oak and the Broom, a Pastoral 227

The Complaint of a forsaken Indian Woman 230

Lucy Gray 232

'Tis said that some have died for Love 234

The Idle Shepherd-Boys, or Dungeon-Gill Force, a Pastoral 235

Poor Susan 238

Inscription for the Spot where the Hermitage stood on St. Herbert's Island, Derwent-Water 239

Lines written with a Pencil upon a stone in the wall of the House (an Out-house) on the Island at Grasmere 240

To a Sexton 240

Andrew Jones 241

Ruth 242

Lines written with a Slate-Pencil 250

Lines written on a Tablet in a School 251

The Two April Mornings 252

The Fountain, a Conversation 254

Nutting 256

Three years she grew in sun and shower 258

The Pet-Lamb, a Pastoral 259

Written in Germany, on one of the coldest days of the Century 262

The Childless Father 263

The Old Cumberland Beggar, a Description 264

Rural Architecture 269

A Poet's Epitaph 270

A Fragment 271

Poems on the Naming of Places 273

Lines written when sailing in a Boat at Evening 280

Remembrance of Collins, written upon the Thames, near Richmond 281

The Two Thieves, or the last stage of Avarice 282

A whirl-blast from behind the Hill 283

Song for the Wandering Jew 284

Michael, a Pastoral Poem 285

Appendix. 'What is usually called Poetic Diction' 298

Wordsworth's Endnotes 302

Appendix 1 Coleridge's Marginal Glosses to 'The Ancient Mariner', 1817 303

Appendix 2 Wordsworth's Letter to Charles James Fox, 14 January 1801 306

Appendix 3 John Wilson's Letter to Wordsworth, 24 May 1802 310

Appendix 4 Wordsworth's Letter to John Wilson, 7 June 1802 316

Explanatory Notes 323

Index of Titles and First Lines 367

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