Lyrical Ballads by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth (Paperback, 2006)

Lyrical Ballads by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth (Paperback, 2006) A collection of poems exemplifying Romantic aesthetic ideals whose unique beauty lies in their revolutionary exploration of the 'overflow of powerful emotions recollected in tranquility' Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads is edited with a note on the text by Michael Schmidt in Penguin ClassicsPublished in 1798 Lyrical Ballads is a dazzling collaboration containing twenty-three poems by close friends William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge - two major figures of English Romanticism The volume heralded a new approach to poetry and expresses the poets' reflections on mankind's relationship with the forces of the world Coleridge's contribution includes the nightmarish vision of 'The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere' one of the works for which he became best known as well as the fantastical conversational poem 'The Foster-Mother's Tale' and the melancholic 'The Nightingale' Wordsworth's 'We are Seven' depicts a child's naive optimism in the face of the cruel mortality while 'Goody Blake and Harry Gill' and 'Simon Lee' celebrate the simplicity and strength he perceived in country people and 'Tintern Abbey' explores the healing powers of natureThis Penguin Classics edition allows readers to recapture the full impact and power of Lyrical Ballads It also includes a note on the history of the text by Michael SchmidtSamuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) has been criticized as a political turn-coat drug addict and plagiarist whose wrecked career left only a handful of magical early poems But the shaping influence of his highly imaginative criticism is now generally accepted and his position along with that of William Wordsworth (1770-1850) as one of the two great progenitors of the English Romantic spirit is assured A great innovator Wordsworth permanently enlarged the range of English poetry both in subject matter and treatmentIf you enjoyed the Lyrical Ballads you might like Wordsworth's Selected Poems also available in Penguin Classics
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