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Author Mahoney, John L.

Title William Wordsworth, a poetic life / John L. Mahoney
Published New York : Fordham University Press, 1997


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Description xxvii, 301 pages, 2 unnumbered pages of plates : iil. ; 23 cm
regular print
Contents Becoming a poet: Education and early poems -- The deepening of a poetic vocation: Revolution and response -- Enter Coleridge: Poetic plans and counter-plans -- To Germany: Poetic solitude and return -- The poetic life as epic: The prelude -- Varieties of poetic experience: The 1807 Poems -- The post-1810 Wordsworth: The maturing of a poetic life -- Endings and completions: The full poetic life -- Epilogue
Summary William Wordsworth: A Poetic Life is a new biography of the great father of British Romanticism. It is new in several ways, most notably in the way it approaches the life of the poet. Paying its proper respect to the classic lives of Wordsworth by Mary Moorman and Stephen Gill, it attempts to tell the story of the life through a more rigorous reading of key and representative works by the poet and through a careful blending of his life and poetry. Wordsworth offers the story of the literariness of the poet's life - childhood and adolescence in the Lake District, education at Cambridge, love and political radicalism in France, the long period of residence in Grasmere and Rydal, celebrity, and national and international recognition. Its reading of the poems, in tune with current theoretical practice, offers a sense of the continuities in Wordsworth's career as it moves away from familiar theories of a Golden Decade of creativity and a period of long decline
The book also works closely and rigorously with Wordworth's poetry as a method of dramatizing the essentially poetic character of the poet's life
Analysis Poets, English -- 19th century -- Biography
Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Biography
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [285]-293) and index
Subject Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850.
Poets, English -- 19th century -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 96039355
ISBN 0823217159
0823217167 paperback