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5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical Ballads 1798, 1 Feb 2009
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Michael A. Mackay (Lichfield, UK) - See all my reviews
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Thank you Penguin, for publishing the original 1798 edition of Lyrical Ballads. Wordsworth was an inveterate revisor of his poems. Whenever Lyrical ballads was republished, he took the opportunity to revise poems, add extra ones and change the order in which the originals appeared. In this edition, we get his (and Coleridge's)original ideas. These are the poems of Wordsworth and Coleridge when they were young men and still radical in their poetics as well as their politics. Anyone interested in how these two giants of Romanticism and Radicalism developed, should own a copy of this edition of Lyrical Ballads. It is instructive to compare the version of the poems in this edition with those from the 1802 edition and later ones. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good, 10 Nov 2013
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Recommend it if you are an A Level student studying lyrical ballads. Contains all of the poems that my class are studying, small but really good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coleridge and Wordsworth, 25 Oct 2013
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JHvW "JHvW" (Pays Bas, Europe) - See all my reviews
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Lyrical Ballads is really a collection of poems by Wordsworth. The contribution by Coleridge is minor although in itself a major poem. For me this was a good introduction to the Lake Poets (in conjunction with York Notes).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly devastating, still subversive, 1 Oct 2013
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I like this slim Penguin volume of the original, unrevised edition of Lyrical Ballads, from its apt cover painting of Tintern Abbey to editor Michael Schmidt`s brief, unintrusively informative three-page Note on the Text at the end.
Will & Sam (well, it`s quicker) were only in their late twenties when they decided to publish a joint collection of some of their informal poems, Wordsworth being the later reviser of this seminal anthology (eventually pushing the Mariner to a more tactful place nearer the end). Many are not all that lyrical, and few are strictly speaking ballads. No matter, it`s a perfect title for this unique venture, which upset a lot of august Augustan critics - though no doubt a smaller proportion of readers were quite so perplexed - back in 1798.
The four poems by Coleridge are The Dungeon, The Nightingale (in their different ways, remarkable both as poems and as polemics), The Foster-Mother`s Tale, and the still astounding The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, with its ever-haunting line which never fails to excite and lure this reader in:

There was a Ship, quoth he

Yes? Then do tell us about it!
Coleridge`s strange tale in verse must have startled its first readers, some oddly reluctant for one reason or another to read the rest of the poems, others no doubt devouring them in one sitting.
The other nineteen poems, often only a page long, are by WW. It`s fascinating to see the very different sensibilities of the two then-friends (who later, alas, fell out), with Will the idealistic nature-lover writing in a loose, chatty style, Sam more the mystic, strange tensions at play in his already intense poetry.
There are one or two poems about vagrants and prisoners here, both poets evincing a gratifying sympathy for those fallen on hard times. There is of course also much description of the natural world, though never too effusive or flowery. All tends to be condensed, conversational.
In later revisions, the poem order was altered, and Coleridge`s opening maritime epic was given a spell-check, as well as an alteration and reordering of many lines and stanzas. I slightly prefer this original (which is not the version usually anthologised) with its archaic spelling and snappier dialogue: `Now wherefore stoppest me?` as against the later amendation `Now wherefore stoppst thou me?`. Nor do we have to put up with the now jarringly arch first use of `eftsoons` in this spiky earlier version.
From the Quantocks up to the Lakeland fells, STC & WW rambled and roved and dreamed up the quietly devastating, arguably still subversive poems that make up this landmark in the poetry, literature and culture of England.

A sadder and a wiser man
He rose the morrow morn
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good anthology but...., 20 Jun 2013
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New to Wordsworth. Wasn't sure which to buy. This fine, but would recommend getting fuller later volume of his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not totally inspired, but, something other than Shakespeare, 14 May 2008
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For my English Lit A level I am currently studying this text. When reading this (if you decide to) the first thing to remember is that the poetic style was purely experimental and thus meant to be taken lightly. That is important to bare in mind because you might be reading it and thinking "what is this!".

The collection is written predominately by Wordsworth (only 4 Coleridge poems are in it) and definitely display's boldness and flare in execution and deliverance. You may find it interesting to read because Wordsworth draws upon the characteristics of many Seventeenth century vagrants, it is amazing to think that even than there were marginal members of society. However, his poetry does not only involve itself with solitary characters but also themes such as the supernatural, the sacred nature of children, loss, isolation and of course the Sublime.

One of the collections greatest poems is Tintern Abbey which deals exclusively with the Sublime, it is a great account of Wordsworth's relationship with nature as a young boy and man. It may challenge you to look at your own attitude towards nature.

Lyrical ballads is an oxymoron, which obviously suggests that the poetry will inhabit some kind of paradoxical elements. These aspects allow the reader to think and engage with the subjects and themes connected. Do not expect to read some fluently written masterpiece, he is not Shakespeare if anything he draws away from that.

There have been many editions of Lyrical Ballad's. Thankfully this is the 1798 original ordered version, which makes it easier for students to understand the structure and important themes.

I wont say it is the best poetry I ever read but it is influential and most importantly authentic and this really is depicted throughout the poetry.
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