Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads


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Published in 1798, Lyrical Ballads changed the direction of English poetry. It contains twenty-three poems composed by William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) during the period of their youthful and intimate friendship. Wordsworth's imagination dwelt on nature, using revolutionary language that abandoned traditional poetic diction and addressed the reader in the plain, colloquial speech of the day. His poems in this volume brought a candour and directness to poetry, nowhere more powerfully than in 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey'. Coleridge was fascinated by the numinous and the metaphysical, and his poems here include 'The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere', one of the most popular mock-ballads in English literature. In these works, the two poets exercised new energies and opened up new themes, exploring the interplay between the solitary imagination and the unfettered elements of nature. This edition prints the poems in the form in which they first appeared, allowing readers to experience their impact and power. It also includes a note on the textual history by Michael Schmidt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140424621
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2007
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 330,501
Product dimensions: 5.42(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Wordsworth was born in 1770 at Cockermouth in the Lake District of England, and was educated at the University of Cambridge. As a young man he was fired with enthusiasm for the French Revolution, but the year he spent in France after graduating left him disillusioned with radical politics. He turned more seriously to literature and, in collaboration with his friend Samuel Coleridge, produced Lyrical Ballads (1798). His return to the Lake District in 1799 marked the beginning of his most productive period as a poet, during which he wrote his most famous long poem, The Prelude (1805).

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) was an English poet, philosopher, and literary critic. Born in Ottery St Mary, Coleridge was educated at Christ’s Hospital School, London, where he began his friendship with Charles Lamb and began writing his first sonnets, and Jesus College, Cambridge. With his friend William Wordsworth, Coleridge founded the romantic movement and became a member of the Lake Poets. In 1798 they cowrote Lyrical Ballads, a landmark collection of poems that marked the beginning of romanticism in English literature. The collection includes his greatest poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Michael Schmidt is the author of The Novel: A Biography and the National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Lives of the Poets. Schmidt studied at Harvard and at Wadham College, Oxford. In 1969, he founded Carcanet Press Limited, where he is currently the editorial and managing director. He is also a founder and general editor of PN Review. Schmidt was Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University, visiting professor at Bolton University, and Writer in Residence at St John's College, Cambridge. Schmidt writes poetry, fiction, and literary history, and is also a translator and anthologist. He was born in Mexico in 1947 and currently lives in the UK.

Table of Contents

The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere     1
The Foster-Mother's Tale     26
Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite     30
The Nightingale, a Conversational Poem     32
The Female Vagrant     36
Goody Blake and Harry Gill     45
Lines written at a small distance from my House, and sent by my little Boy to the Person to whom they are addressed     50
Simon Lee, the Old Huntsman     52
Anecdote for Fathers     56
We Are Seven     59
Lines written in Early Spring     62
The Thorn     63
The Last of the Flock     73
The Dungeon     77
The Mad Mother     78
The Idiot Boy     82
Lines written near Richmond, upon the Thames, at Evening     98
Expostulation and Reply     100
The Tables Turned; an Evening Scene, on the same subject     102
Old Man Travelling     104
The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman     105
The Convict     108
Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey     110

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jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first edition of Wordsworth¿s and Coleridge¿s Lyrical Ballads was published on this day in 1798. A historic moment in poetry, it is the high-water mark of perhaps the most famous collaboration and friendship in literary history. The two remained close for another decade, but the fault lines were by then well established. Dorothy Wordsworth took up much of her brother¿s emotional life, and after Wordsworth married (on this day in 1802) there was even less room for Coleridge. This became especially clear when Coleridge attempted to live in the same house with the other three, while maintaining his old, opium-fueled pattern of wild plans and dark moods. The poetic record shows the strain: in 1807, while Coleridge was publicly proclaiming his love and need for ¿O Friend! My comforter and guide!
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