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The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
by William Wordsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Great For Students!, 17 April 2013
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I bought this book for my undergraduate dissertation, needing an edition of Wordsworth with a wide range of his poetry including lesser known pieces. This book did not disappoint, featuring poems I would not have found in other, more cherry-picked collections, but without the tiresome necessity of having to lug around larger editions.

It is true, as previous reviewers have said, that the format is a little awkward. It is not the best choice for those with poor eyesight as the type is small and the pages split down the middle, but what do you expect for the price you pay? Besides, the book is chunky as it is; if the publishers were any more generous with paper you'd need a car-jack to get to the back pages!

Great choice for students on a budget (there's still room in the margins for making short notes!), and those who want an expansive range of Wordsworth's poetry, just make sure you're aware that in terms of format you get what you pay for!

PS. It may be worth mentioning that most of the poems in this edition seem to be Wordsworth's later redrafts, which often differ considerably from early versions (especially 'The Two Part Prelude' and poems written for 'Lyrical Ballads'), so if you are more interested in earlier drafts I would suggest looking elsewhere.


Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000]
Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Frances O'Connor
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Price: 16.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good ADAPTATION (!), 12 Feb 2011
This review is from: Mansfield Park [DVD] [2000] (DVD)
I love Jane Austen as much as the next person, and although Mansfield Park is my least favourite of her work, this has quickly become one of my favourite adaptations of any of her novels. I particularly enjoyed the introduction, with Hannah Taylor-Gordon superb as young Fanny, who easily endeared the viewer to the heroine as we left Portsmouth for her new home at Mansfield Park with the less than warm Bertram family. I remember being especially struck by the scene in which Fanny realises she is there to stay 'forever'. She is left alone in her cluttered, unprepared new room to sob and is comforted by her cousin Edmund, who is later to become her best friend and have an even closer place in her heart. It was such a beautiful way to begin, and I felt a little bereft when Fanny 'grew up' moments afterwards. However this was only for a while, as I was soon engrossed as the familiar story took flight, retold at times with daring, darkness and a fresh look on the tale which was both engaging and original. You will never get bored by this film!

Such is the love Austen's work has from millions, it is inevitable that some will take offence at the changes Rozema makes to the original. However I see nothing wrong with altering the focus in much loved and much adapted stories to reflect timeless issues which are still applicable today, (isn't that how much of literature has evolved, after all?) Film-making is a creative process as much as writing itself, and each adaptation should be allowed to bring something different to the story. The more recent version with Billie Piper as Fanny was closer to the book in terms of tameness and pace, but it lacked the spark and the energy that made me fall in love with this one.

Die-hard fans beware, this isn't all Jane Austen's tale, but if you are willing to accept that film adaptations of books are not and never have been entirely the work of one creative mind, you're in for a rewarding treat!


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