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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing with the daffodils, 24 Oct. 2001
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This review is from: The Prelude: The Four Texts (1798, 1799, 1805, 1850) (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
To close the book...means nothing. the Prelude is sill so fresh in your mind, every word echoes the other in a sort of unison of...divinity. There is so much in this book, you are plunged in his intimacy, sharing like an old friend the good and the bad, love, joy, fear, tragedy. Life is almost palpable in every line, in every word, in every feeling, in every tear Wordsworth is capable of drawing from you telling his life, preparing the stage of his death, like a prelude to his death. This is an amazing book. How not to feel the Sublime and the Beautiful, how not to admire a peaceful and caring Nature, how not to imagine those landscapes Wordsworth describes? Reading the book again, closing it again and reshelving it again, I realise that I am very close to him, and that I would have liked to meet him, just once, just to walk a while with him, just to smell the sacred daffodils. I am almost certain he would have smiled at me and said: "For oft...".
His genius is alive through his lines, the beauty is alive through his verse, and poetry is alive through the Prelude.All that was in him is in the Prelude, obvious and ciphered, like the palimpsest of his memory. The Prelude is dedicated to all those who feel Nature`s throbbing heart, those who can hear poetry`s divine melody, those who love honesty, simplicity and complexity, those who want to recollect any feeling, any sensation forgotten or hidden in them. The Prelude is an ode to Nature, Youth, Joy, Love, War, Peace, Friendship, God, Poetry and any thing that composes Life. The Prelude is an ode to Memory, Remembrance, and to the memory of this incredible "Uber" man who, not hubrystically, succeeded in touching the grace of the God and of the Divine with the tip of his finger. He is one of these men who will never die, like Dante or Shakespeare, because even in the darkest future, there will ever be a line by him quoted for the eternity of time. Thank you, William. Et genius facta est.
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