Lyrical Ballads and Other Poems of Coleridge & Wordsworth

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In 'Lyrical Ballads and Other Poems of Coleridge & Wordsworth,' readers are presented with a seminal collection that steered English literature into the passionate age of Romanticism. The ensemble, featured in first and second edition form, encapsulates the raw spirit of the era, embracing nature, emotion, and imagination as literary cornerstones. Wordsworth's contributions reflect quintessential romantic elements with a focus on the beauty and moral epiphanies drawn from the mundane. On the other hand, Coleridge's work, including his venerated 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,' conveys darker, more complex Gothic hues within its innovative metrics and rhythm, adding substantial depth to the collaboration. The collection is further enhanced by critical essays and notes expounding on their novel poetic principles, thus making the text not only a creative triumph but also a theoretical treatise.

William Wordsworth, a vanguard of the Romantic movement, alongside Samuel Taylor Coleridge, his equally esteemed counterpart, provides us with textual evidence of his intrinsic connection to the natural world, which heavily influenced his literary output. In the wake of the Industrial Revolution, their combined effort emerged as a poignant encapsulation of the era's sentiment, championing the individual's emotional experience against societal modernization. Their backgrounds suffused with radical political thought, natural observation, and existential meditation coalesce into the verses presented, portraying a revolutionary departure from the didactic poetic norms of the 18th century.

'Lyrical Ballads and Other Poems of Coleridge & Wordsworth' is an indispensable volume for enthusiasts and scholars of English Romanticism. The book offers a fascinating investigation into the early evolution of one of literature's most influential movements. It behooves those seeking to comprehend the origins of modern poetic expression to delve into this pioneering work. Moreover, the addition of the authors' own literary analysis provides readers with an invaluable glimpse into the minds behind the movement, thereby enriching the reading experience with historical and intellectual context. As an articulation of Romantic ideals and an exemplar of poetic innovation, this text remains a cornerstone for anyone interested in the enduring power of poetic thought.


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William Wordsworth (1770-1850) stands as a towering figure in the pantheon of English literature, renowned for his pioneering role in the early 19th-century Romantic movement. Born in the Lake District, a region that would emerge as an enduring muse for his poetry, Wordsworth developed a deep affinity for nature that pervaded his literary works. Educated at Cambridge University, he embarked upon a grand tour of Europe which strongly influenced his worldview and artistic trajectory. Wordsworth's partnership with Samuel Taylor Coleridge was perhaps most visibly crystallized in their joint publication, 'Lyrical Ballads and Other Poems of Coleridge & Wordsworth' (1798), often lauded as the incipient event of the Romantic age in English literature. Wordsworth's contributions to the volume, including the preface to its second edition, offered a new aesthetic credo that valued emotion, individualism, and natural beauty, detouring from the Neoclassical tendencies of the preceding age. His other notable works include the autobiographical epic 'The Prelude' and a profusion of shorter poems such as 'Tintern Abbey' and 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,' which remain classics of English poetry. Wordsworth's lucid and evocative use of language, emphasis on introspection, and the innovative exploration of the interface between the human psyche and the natural world are hallmarks of his legacy. Appointed Poet Laureate in 1843, Wordsworth's influence endures in the literary canon and continues to inform the ecological sensibilities within modern discourse.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 517 Pages

Filesize: 715.7 KB

ISBN: 8596547391456

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