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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Library of Congress (31 Dec. 1902)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO5YVE
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill on 2 Jun. 2008
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What a pleasure to hear so many long-forgotten but much-loved poems brought to life off the page by a slew of fine British actors! The narration puts the poet's work firmly in perspective and, in doing so, affords a greater appreciation of his skill and -- above all -- his humanity. Highly recommended, if you are lucky enough to find a copy.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2001
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i think that william wordsworth was one of the most talented writers of poetry that ever existed and that this collection is truly a great compliment to him.i advise you to buy this book if you are doing english GCSEs because it will extend your vocabulary very much and you are sure to get better marks.this is a fantastic collection of his work.
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Wonderful brief introduction to the poetry of Wordsworth 28 Jun. 2008
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
William Wordsworth was one of the best Romantic poets of the 19th century. This slim volume, a work that I purchased while still an undergraduate student, has been with me for many years, and I enjoy returning to it every so often, to recall the work of Wordsworth.

As the Introduction points out (Page ix): "One of the basic tenets of Wordsworth's philosophy is that the world and everything in it, man included, are good and that it is mankind's fundamental duty to enjoy 'the air that it breathes.'" The poet, in his view, has the responsibility of advancing that perspective among people. Put another way by the editor of this volume (Page x): "To be happy, man must become familiar with and adjust to the immutable laws of nature."

The volume itself features a number of Wordsworth's better known and more important works, such as "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," in which he speaks of his views of poetry (in prose). There follow poems, such as "Lucy Gray," "Strange Fits of Passion I Have Known," "She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways," "I Travelled among Unknown Men," "Great Men Have Been among Us," "To Toussaint L'Ouverture," "The World Is too Much with Us," "She Was a Phantom of Delight," and so on. In short, there is enough here to get a sense of the art of Wordsworth.

A couple brief examples (some of my favorites) of his work:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."

The World Is too Much with Us

"The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!"

The words in the latter are touching still, as humanity tries to deal with the problems facing the environment, oftentimes losing sight of the wonder of nature and how we are exploiting and degrading it.

At any rate, a nice introduction to the art of William Wordsworth.
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The greatness of Wordsworth as a poet 7 Feb. 2005
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
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There are too many lines in Wordsworth and too many long poems which today are largely unread. But there is also a body of work within that far vaster world of lines which is great. There are a whole group of poems , including many from 'The Lyrical Ballads' and certainly 'Intimations on Immortality ' and certainly 'Tintern Abbey' and certainly some of the great sonnets that constitute together one of the great poetic oeuvres.

Wordsworth combines the simple and sublime as no other poet does. His relation to Nature is deep and fresh, and yet too humble and moral, wild and beautiful. His direct experiential mode of meeting Nature in youth, is transformed into something far greater in his meditative and reflective relation to it . Wordsworth somehow brings to his meetings with nature a noble cast of mind. So too in his moral sentiment there is not a preaching narrowness, but a broad vision of something far more deeply interfused . Wordsworth in giving everyday life and perception a sense of the sublime is somehow a religious poet. The sense of something sublime that flows through all things is too a sense of something Divine.

Reading Wordsworth is receiving the sense that life too and our experience have a dimension of beauty and nobility which make them supremely worthwhile.

Reading Wordsworth one feels that one is lifted up to one's own better nature.

And this too when there are in him immortal lines, which like ' the best part of a good man's life is small acts of kindness and of love' are unforgettable.
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beautifully done 31 Jan. 2009
By Jill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
I had forgotten how beautiful Wordsworth's poetry is. This recording, by a group of talented and skilled British actor-readers, brings the poems to life. It is a delight from beginning to end. Find any excuse you can to give it to someone as a gift: it will be one that they will enjoy for many, many years.
Timeless themes and beautiful imagery. 16 Aug. 2014
By Battleship - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
William Wordsworth is one of the great Romantic poets. He is a good story teller. He is able to paint vivid picture of people and scenes from nature. His poems aid in the contemplation of metaphysical matters. "We are Seven" is a fantastic poem about a little girl who carries the memories of siblings who have died. They will always be with her in her memory.

Wordsworth has a deep respect and love of nature. He has a mystical quality in his poetry. In "Intimations of Immortality," he asserts that children are closer to God than the rest of humanity. While some may dispute such reasoning, Wordsworth provides food for thought. He describes the beautiful scenery of landscapes, such as in "Yarrow." His poem "The Daffodils" makes one imagine a scene of loveliness and serenity.

Wordsworth is versatile and could write equally as well about humanity as about nature. He described some poignant scenes, such as an old poor man who caught leeches for money in "Resolution and Independence." His rhyme scheme is aesthetically pleasing. He experimented with different formats including traditional sonnets.

Wordsworth is one of my favorite poets. I was introduced to him when I took a course in British literature in college. He was a pioneer when he co-wrote the Lyrical Ballads with Samuel Coleridge. His works stir the emotions, encourage contemplation of spiritual and metaphysical matters, and promote the enjoyment of nature. It is a real treat to read his poems.
Five Stars 10 Dec. 2014
By Valerie A. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is in excellent condition and a great value. Awesome!
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