William Wordsworth's The Prelude: A Casebook

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Stephen Gill, Stephen Charles Gill
OUP USA, Aug 31, 2006 - Literary Collections - 406 pages
William Wordsworth's long poem The Prelude is a fascinating work-as autobiography, the fruit of many attempts at understanding the formative period of Wordsworth's life; as a fragment of historical evidence from the revolutionary and post-revolutionary years; as an unstable literary text, which mutated through at least five discernable versions from 1799-1839; and as a poem offering the pleasures of blank verse in a variety and to an intensity unmatched in English non-dramatic poetry. In this collection, leading Wordsworth scholar Stephen Gill, gathers together thirteen influential essays on The Prelude. The volume as a whole is a useful and inspiring companion for students and general readers of Wordsworth's greatest, but most demanding poem.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
A Pure Organic Pleasure from the Lines
43
Wordsworths Drowned Man
73
The Lyric Voice of The Prelude
123
Coleridges Presence in The Prelude
147
The Via Naturaliter Negativa
181
Wordsworths Long Journey Home
209
The Image of a Mighty Mind 1805 Book 13
225
Simplon Pass to Mount Snowdon
259
William Wordsworths Prelude
293
Wordsworth and the Conception of The Prelude
305
Wordsworth in The Prelude
321
The Prelude Books 913
341
A Language That Is Ever Green
377
Suggested Reading
403
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Stephen Gill is a University Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.

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