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Great poetry, disappointing format
on 11 March 2011
Note: I am reviewing this particular edition of William Wordsworth's poetry (i.e. the Wordsworth Poetry Library paperback edition of 'The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth'), not the poetry itself. I give this edition two stars.
I love the Romantic era of English poetry and bought this book to explore Wordsworth's work for the first time. I enjoyed reading some of it, however the one aspect of this book that I could not tolerate was the formatting. Every page has been divided into two columns (like the Bible often is), thus squashing the poetry into a hideous mess. I know this will not necessarily make it harder to read for all people but it does limit the aesthetic appeal somewhat. I find it constantly annoys me. For instance I read a lot of sonnets, as I love the look and the flow of them. But the shape of the sonnet has been lost due to this format and as I read I find that Wordsworth's sonnets do not flow the way they should. I can't get used to it. I find it to be lazy and cheap on the part of the editors as they are probably trying to cram as much into one page as possible in order to save on paper costs. I cannot think of any other reason they would do this.
In a way it's my fault, I should have used the 'Look Inside' option before purchasing. So as a word of advice, have a 'look inside' before you buy, and make sure you are ok with the presentation of the poetry itself first. Read it in your mind first then, as a practice, out loud too, to see if it works for you.