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The Prelude By William Wordsworth The Prelude This book is the first to present Wordsworth s greatest poem in all three of its separate forms It reprints on facing pages the version of The Prelude was was completed in together with the mu

  • Title: The Prelude
  • Author: William Wordsworth
  • ISBN: 9780393090710
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Prelude By William Wordsworth This book is the first to present Wordsworth s greatest poem in all three of its separate forms It reprints, on facing pages, the version of The Prelude was was completed in 1805, together with the much revised work published after the poet s death in 1850 In addition the editors include the two part version of the poem, composed 1798 99 Each of these poems has its diThis book is the first to present Wordsworth s greatest poem in all three of its separate forms It reprints, on facing pages, the version of The Prelude was was completed in 1805, together with the much revised work published after the poet s death in 1850 In addition the editors include the two part version of the poem, composed 1798 99 Each of these poems has its distinctive qualities and values to read them together provides an imcomparable chance to observe a great poet composing and recomposing, through a long life, his major work.
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    1. Jonfaith on said:

      He cleared a passage for me, and the stream In wholesome separation the two natures,The one that feels, the other that observes.2.5 stars This was a tandem read with ATJG There were of bubbly moments of exhilaration but much too much clawing and climbing Wordsworth embraces Nature embarks on a quest of Becoming Finding himself splattered and besmirched with stains of human folly, Wordsworth pursues the path which leads to an actualization one without an embrace of either shame or decadence Not s [...]

    2. Adam on said:

      Turns out I like The Prelude a lot But I still wouldn t invite Wordsworth to a party at my place.

    3. Darran Mclaughlin on said:

      It took me a long time to read this It s pretty clear what the constant stimulation of the digital age has done to my ability to concentrate and read epic poetry Wordsworth has always been my least favourite of the great sextet of English Romantic poets I found his lyrical ballads to be a bit lachrymose, sentimental and prosey However, I went to the Lake District for the first time a couple of weeks ago so I decided to read this as part of the whole experience As it turns out it is great This fe [...]

    4. Sara on said:

      As much as I respect this text and I do, it should be read , I have always said from the moment I finished reading that Wordsworth here is like a child constantly kicking away the ball he keeps bending over to pick up Currently reading Brodsky and this line from his Less Than One essay really sums up Wordsworth s autobiographical quest and does it justice than I ve snarked for the last five or six years As failures go, attempting to recall the past is like trying to grasp the meaning of existen [...]

    5. Judy on said:

      Now I know a number of my friends are going to consider I have completely lost it or gone over to the other side But Truely I have just spent the most amazing period of hours listening absolutely rapt as the entire work was read to me by Nicholas Farrell as narrator I get itI don t know what it is I get, but I get it Just please don t ask me to define it But those hours of listening to this amazing flow of words has taken me to a while other place

    6. Rachel Ann Brickner on said:

      I finally finished The Prelude for the first time through, but I will be reading it again for class in the next few weeks I m hoping a second reading will be helpful and give me a greater appreciation for the poem I really disliked reading this poem because of the blank verse and its long, complicated sentences until Book XI of the 1805 version I read the last three Books this evening and they gave me a greater appreciation for Wordsworth s project than I initially had The last three Books reall [...]

    7. Lesliemae on said:

      Why did it take me so long to come to this book Wordsworth has been looming large my entire English Literature life, and I ve just outright avoided him 7 years into my degree, I finally read The Prelude and I was astonished and charmed I loved the first two books, felt liberated by the third I actually cried realizing that others have experienced the things I ve never spoken about and then THEN I came to Book 13, to the end of book 13 and my imagination got on board, left nature and exalted in t [...]

    8. Pewterbreath on said:

      When people saw me reading this everyone would ask Prelude to WHAT after seeing the lengthy poem This is a hundreds of page long poem about Wordsworth s formative years he worked on this until his death revising it every few years.Has anyone ever said that Wordsworth writing an epic length poem about his youth could be viewed as somewhat ybe ocentric All these stories are laid out to the reader with the express intention to be a lesson to she who reads it Actually it comes off as a sort of argum [...]

    9. Bettie☯ on said:

      blurbs William Wordsworth s autobiographical poem The Prelude is arguably the most important piece of poetic writing in our language Recorded in Wordsworth s home in Grasmere, Cumbria, Wordsworth looks back over events in his early life Wordsworth believed that poetry should be written in the natural language of common speech, and in that way it was revolutionary in its time Parts of the poem are famous, with lines quoted often such as the description of the young Wordsworth stealing a boat Othe [...]

    10. Meaghan on said:

      I love this edition The facing page versions of both 1805 and 1850 are so handy and useful, making it so easy to see how one publication differed from the other Like so many others I imagine, I m in love with the 1805 version Still, I was glad to have the 1850 immediately next to the 1805, in order to make that distinction for myself I had read the 1805 this past summer and am now reading it again closely It s clear to me that this work was is of major importance If anything could indicate proo [...]

    11. Kelly Danahy on said:

      I m afraid I absolutely deplore Wordsworth As his name would imply, he is a man of many words WAY TOO MANY WORDS He loses his reader his 13 BOOKS of verse semi autobiography What could have been an interesting and intriguing work turned into a lengthy, diluted, contrived, mess I completely blame his friend Coleridge for encouraging him in any way Please avoid at all costs.

    12. Sadegh Maleki on said:

      Romantic poetry, especially Wordsworth s poetry, is really beautiful It takes u to the depth of ur experience of the nature and of the self Roots of Heideggerian phenomenology, especially in the works of his disciple Wolfgang Iser, and Pre Freudian theory of human development can be seen in this book I undoubtedly recommend anyone to read this masterpiece and to ponder over it.

    13. Eddie Watkins on said:

      I have read and loved The Prelude, but that was years ago, and as I now reread the copy I once read I decided to get this copy instead and get real geeky about it.

    14. Brett Hilton on said:

      I probably like the idea behind The Prelude the development of the mind and its worthiness of an epic than I actually enjoyed reading this text I found the English of this text difficult to read than that of Paradise Lost for some reason, despite its relative youth As such, it took me a very long time to get through the poem in its entirety I did enjoy the spots of time , though, where Wordsworth makes connections between the experiential and the spiritual or universal and remarks on his devel [...]

    15. J. Alfred on said:

      William Wordsworth created an epic, in blank verse, of his own life It is sort of a poetic, kindly version of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man What you ll be surprised at, when you read this, however, is how little you learn about Wordsworth as a person, and how much you learn about what Wordsworth thinks about people even in doing something that seems extremely egotistical, he shows us ourselves than himself With the possible exceptions of Hopkins and Herbert, Wordsworth has to be the m [...]

    16. Dayla on said:

      Now living, or to live in future years Sometimes the ambitious Power of choice, mistaking Proud spring tide swellings for a regular sea, Will settle on some British theme, some old Romantic tale by Milton left unsung More often turning to some gentle placeWithin the groves of ChivalryThis is a beautiful inclusion of Milton, whose works spoke to Wordsworth Life in one s youth truly is a fantasy, when cares and problems are nowhere to be found Wordsworth shares his love of those days in a truly ma [...]

    17. David on said:

      Wordsworth s autobiography in verse.The ending reminded me of how I feel about teaching when I m extremely caffeinated and in a top of the world kind of mood i.e 12 percent of the time we to them will speakA lasting inspiration, sanctifiedBy reason, blest by faith what we have lovedOthers will love, and we will teach them how,Instruct them how the mind of man becomesA thousand times beautiful than the earth On which he dwells above this Frame of things Which mid all revolutions in the hopesAnd [...]

    18. Dominic on said:

      Instruct them how the mind of man becomes A thousand times beautiful than the earth On which it dwells and of fabric divine Wordsworth 482 And thus wrote the great poet.O, Wordsworth, I just don t know yet what to say Only, for now, that you make me feel so large, so infinite, so imbued with meaning, so free of human made human enforced puny boundaries, so capable of doing something powerful.241 pages of poetry, experience and memory I am in awe I will have a extensive review up in the next f [...]

    19. Tim on said:

      This comment is on the 1850 version of The Prelude, not others or Norton s criticism apparatus Perhaps a slog to some contemporary readers, but brilliant, beautiful and often sublime and deeply insightful That s not to say it s completely without contradiction or that it presents a coherent system of thought or is consistently brilliant and beautiful But it s rich in food for thought, sometimes viewed from very unusual perspectives, and in an uncannily earthy yet simultaneously other worldly way [...]

    20. Savannah Golden on said:

      The Prelude is Wordsworth s longest compilation of poems that shows all of his Romantic ideals from romance and nature to poetry its self Saying that poetry should be written in simple language rather then flowery, over dramatized language However I did find it tough to read at times His topics range from childhood, to the future, to love, and to death His use of blank verse and imagery make it a great work to read under a tree by a lake This work made me love poetry, Wordsworth, and Romanticism [...]

    21. Humphrey on said:

      When it s on, man, the Prelude is on When it s off it s really off I say this about all long poems, so let me specify this particular case there will be four pages in a row where the remembered scenes are great, the language awes, and the theme clicks Then there will be six pages where it does not Some sections do better than others the first and last are strong, as expected I also liked 2, 3, 6, and 12 a lot Nonetheless, a lot of the time despite its progression it felt rather repetitive.

    22. Blandine on said:

      I read Book VII of this for a literature seminar about London I ll be honest I m not into poetry I love literature, and I love reading, but poetry is just one genre that I cannot seem to appreciate it doesn t touch me But to each their own, right While reading it before said seminar, I was really bored and almost literally fell asleep at the library I thought I would be just as bored in class, but I underestimated my wonderful professor who made the studying of this extract fun and worth it An e [...]

    23. Derek Baad on said:

      Finally done with this one, and I can t say I m unhappy Did I like it Not sure I can answer that one I had to read it so fast that I can t say the density of Wordsworth s thought penetrated too deeply He is still one of my favorite poets, and I ve been looking to take this on for a long time, but I m glad it s over I will definitely be returning to a few of its chapters, especially the early ones.

    24. Michael Arnold on said:

      I liked this a lot I ll have to read this book again as it puts me in a very peaceful mood There are some beautiful images and some really awesome passages of the poet working through his own past and his own thoughts I m not much of a lover of Wordsworth, but I did like this It is, in every way, Romantic It is very idyllic though, which is both it s best asset and it s worst problem that s the general problem I have with Wordsworth anyway though, so I guess there is that.

    25. Alexandria on said:

      some of the language was so freaking pretty, and sometimes when he described the lakes the waterfalls it was perfect picture in my mind, like I was actually there In parts, I loved this.However, a large portion of it was un intelligible to me, so two stars it is I feel like if I was smarter I would have enjoyed this .

    26. Hope on said:

      I think I would have liked this better if I had time to read it and really think on it As it was it was dense and hard to follow, though the poetry was beautiful I found that listening to it helped a lot so sometime I might go back and reread it while listening to it just a note my rating is on my personal enjoyment of reading the work, not on its quality or importance of the work.

    27. Claire on said:

      I like a lot of Wordsworth s poetry, and this is my second time reading The Prelude, and it s still a bit of a slog to get through for me There are beautiful, lovely passages, but then a lot of trudging through rambly boring ones that make me sleepy Wordsworth s got a special place in my heart though Will always love Tintern Abbey.

    28. Barksdale Penick on said:

      asks what did I think of the book I think I need to study it I listened to it twice as an audio book and traipsed through the woods and saw bustling London and menacing post revolution Paris through our narrators eyes But it always the outdoors where the poem sings to me I must study it if I am to appreciate it properly.

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