The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth provides a wide-ranging account of one of the most famous Romantic poets. Specially commissioned essays cover all the important aspects of this multi-faceted writer; the volume examines his poetic achievement with a chapter on poetic craft, while other chapters focus on the origin of his poetry and on the challenges it presented and continues to present. Further contributions include discussions of The Prelude and The Recluse, Wordsworth as philosophic poet, his writing in relation to European Romanticism, and Wordsworth as Nature poet. The collection, by an international team of established specialists concludes with a lucid account of the history of Wordsworth's texts, and offers students invaluable reference material including a chronology and guides to further reading.The volume aims to ensure that its readers will be grounded in the history of Wordsworth's career and his critical reception.
• Essays by an international team contributors are accessible to students, but also sophisticated enough to appeal to academics • Comprehensive companion to the work of one of the best known and most admired British poets • Contains valuable supplementary material, including a chronology and a glossary of literary terms
Chronology of Wordsworth's Life and Works; Sources and short forms of citation; Wordsowrth on Poetry and Imagination; Introduction Stephen Gill; 1. Wordsworth: the shape of the poetic career Nicola Trott; 2. Wordsworth's poetry to 1798 Duncan Wu; 3. Poetry, 1798–1807: lyrical ballads and poems, in two volumes James A. Butler; 4. The Prelude Lucy Newlyn; 5. The Recluse Kenneth R. Johnston; 6. Wordsworth and the meaning of taste Frances Ferguson; 7. Wordsworth's craft Susan Wolfson; 8. Gender and domesticity Judith Page; 9. The philosophic poet Stephen Gill; 10. Wordsworth and Coleridge Seamus Perry; 11. Wordsworth and the natural world Ralph Pite; 12. Politics, history, and the poems Nicholas Roe; 13. Wordsworth and Romanticism Paul Hamilton; 14. Wordsworth and America Joel Pace; 15. Guide to further reading with a note on texts Keith Hanley; Index.
'Altogether this new collection makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the poet and his world.' Contemporary Review