Wordsworth and Coleridge

Lyrical Ballads

  • Authors
  • John Blades

Part of the Analysing Texts book series (ANATX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. John Blades
      Pages 1-4
  3. Analysing Lyrical Ballads

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. John Blades
      Pages 7-42
    3. John Blades
      Pages 43-82
    4. John Blades
      Pages 83-126
  4. The Context and the Critics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. John Blades
      Pages 209-219
    3. John Blades
      Pages 234-250
    4. John Blades
      Pages 251-263
    5. John Blades
      Pages 264-286
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-291

About this book


Written in an age of revolutions, Lyrical Ballads represents a radical new way of thinking - not only about literature but also about our fundamental perceptions of the world. The poetry of Wordsworth and Coleridge continues to be among the most appealing and challenging in the rich tradition of English Literature; and Lyrical Ballads, composed at the height of the young authors' creative powers, is now widely acclaimed as a landmark in literary history.

In this lively study, detailed analysis of individual poems is closely grounded in the literary, political and historical contexts in which Lyrical Ballads was first conceived, realised and subsequently expanded into two volumes. John Blades examines poetry from both volumes and carefully reassesses the poems in the light of Wordsworth's and Coleridge's revolutionary theories, while Part II of the study broadens the discussion by tracing the critical history of Lyrical Ballads over the two centuries since its first publication.

Providing students with the critical and analytical skills with which to approach the poems, and offering guidance on further study, this stimulating book is essential reading.


Coleridge England lyric poem poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge William Wordsworth Wordsworth

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