5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2011
Although not cheap, this is an excellent Kindle version. It has all the significant poems and the selections from 'The Prelude' are long and contain most that the general reader would need. Perhaps ther best current Kindle version.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2013
WW was a master craftsman - one of the very best - and this judicious Penguin selection, introduced by Stephen Gill, serves up enough of his work to stimulate an appetite for more. Poetry these days seems to be the preserve of a small coterie of precious, university-sequestered academics, far removed from everyday life, noodling on (very cleverly, no doubt) about nothing much in particular for each others' edification only. That's probably the reason why so few people read it and the widespread suspicions about those who do. But WW was a man for the common folk, who often appear in the poems (The Old Cumberland Beggar, for example), tramping the lanes and waxing philosophical at the behest of the author. The work focuses on and celebrates universal themes and scenes, to which we can all relate, in plain, unaffected, yet superbly lyrical language. I have my favourites and won't presume to guess yours - but try Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey for a taste of honey. Just the man to have met on a Lakeland ramble and with whom to have shared a pint, a ploughman's and a chinwag afterwards.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully selected poems, in clear to read print. I have had an edition, for many years, that I had to a
squint to read. This was a reintroduction to come old favourites and if you have no other Wordsworth edition on your shelves, this is the one you should have.