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The Prelude (Annotated)

The Prelude (Annotated) [Kindle Edition]

William Wordsworth , William Knight
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I am a little ashamed to admit that I began by using William Wordsworth's The Prelude as my bedtime story, confident that I would be lulled off pretty fast. But it proved altogether too fascinating. Promoted to my striding-the-hills-and-dales book, it is hugely enjoyable, telling not just of Wordsworth's love of the lakes but of his life in London and in France during the Revolution, and full of course of famous lines ('Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive / But to be young was very heaven; Rise up, thou monstrous ant-hill on the plain / Of a too busy world!'). --Christina Hardyment, The Times

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The Prelude is William Wordsworth's long autobiographical poem, written in blank verse, which is addressed to Coleridge. Originally intended as an introduction to The Recluse, a vast poem Wordsworth would never complete, The Prelude was remodelled and reworked by the poet over the course of his life (and its earlier radicalism toned down by the older man). A first draft of thirteen books was completed by 1805, but by his later years this was increased to fourteen.

The poem deals with the poet’s infancy, his schooling, Cambridge, his walking tour of the Alps, and his reaction to the revolution in France. In it Wordsworth pays particular attention to the significance of childhood experience.

The text of this ebook edition is based on the third volume of The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth published in 1850.

Unlike other ebook editions, which are merely copies of existing print editions, this edition has been completely reformatted for optimal reading on an electronic reader.

For ease of reading, this edition does not include variations to poem based on the 1799 and 1805 versions. Instead, we recommend scholars refer to alternate editions of the poem if they require details of those texts.

We have attempted to limit each page to ten lines (however this is dictated by the length of the notes). Where possible notes are provided on the same page as the verse they refer to. This is to facilitate ease of reference, and is unique to this edition. Notes are indicated by a bracketed letter: eg [a]. The footnotes include omitted or additional stanzas, together with material useful to the general reader. We have attempted to hyperlink all non-fiction secondary material to its original source via

The footnotes are based on the work of William Knight, editor of the 1850 volume, which have been revised and expanded for this edition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3498 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PELTA; 1.2 edition (25 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I279YDW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Learning 4 Jan 2014
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This is a wonderful poem and is read with sensitivity and with passion, when needed. It has some long passive bits, of course, but at its best, it soars.
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An amazingly atmospheric tour de force
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