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RLE: Wordsworth and Coleridge


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Beginning with the publication of their joint collection of poems Lyrical Ballads in 1798, William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were instrumental in helping to establish the Romantic Movement as a major force in nineteenth century British literature. Two of the movement’s greatest figures, they were responsible for composing some of the most well-known poems in the British literary canon and influenced generations of acolytes. They were also the foremost literary critics of the period, contributing influential writings on literary theory and philosophy — exemplified by Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria.

‘Routledge Library Editions: Wordsworth and Coleridge’ assembles a wide range of scholarship and criticism that covers all aspects of their diverse output and charts the vicissitudes of their lives — examining their poetry, criticism, philosophy and sources of inspiration. It will also help introduce them to newer readers and explain notoriously difficult to understand works like Wordsworth’s The Prelude. This set reissues 14 books originally published between 1960 and 1991 and will be of interest to students of literature and literary history.

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Wordsworth and the Adequacy of Landscape

Wordsworth and the Adequacy of Landscape

1st Edition

Donald Wesling
November 28, 2017

First published in 1970, this stylistic and interpretative account of some of Wordsworth’s major poetry examines description and meditation in his landscape writing. It describes the integration of two kinds of thinking, and a variety of beauties and lapses that come from their separation....

Wordsworth's Literary Criticism

Wordsworth's Literary Criticism

1st Edition

W.J.B. Owen
November 28, 2017

First published in 1974. Wordsworth, with Coleridge, is the major literary critic of the Romantic period. This volume assembles all of Wordsworth’s formal critical writings and a selection of critical comments from his correspondence. These documents are invaluable for Romantic poetry at large, and...

The Design of Biographia Literaria

The Design of Biographia Literaria

1st Edition

Catherine M. Wallace
November 28, 2017

First published in 1983, this book examines a work whose intricacies have baffled and infuriated generations of readers and proposes a theory of Coleridge’s writing habits that "explain(s) his explanation". The author painstakingly analyses the Biographia’s organising structure distinguishing...

A Commentary on Wordsworth's Prelude: Books I-V

A Commentary on Wordsworth's Prelude: Books I-V

1st Edition

Ted Holt, John Gilroy
November 28, 2017

First published in 1983, this books aims to guide Wordsworth students through his difficult masterpiece by reading it in continuous sequence and making its sense emerge. The special value of this commentary is that it explains the structure of The Prelude by encouraging study of the poem as a...

Coleridge and the Armoury of the Human Mind: Essays on his Prose Writings

Coleridge and the Armoury of the Human Mind: Essays on his Prose Writings

1st Edition

Peter J. Kitson, Thomas N. Corns
November 28, 2017

First published in 1991, this book collects a broad array of path-finding scholarship by specialists in Coleridge and Romantic literature on the subject of his prose. They range from broad appraisals of Coleridge’s own critical practises; demonstrations of the fecundity of his autobiography, the...

Coleridge and the Abyssinian Maid

Coleridge and the Abyssinian Maid

1st Edition

Geoffrey Yarlott
November 28, 2017

First published in 1967, this book seeks to show the causes which led to Coleridge’s breakdown in 1802 and to indicate how his views on poetry changed as a result of it. The approach is selective in that it only focuses on one part of Coleridge’s life (roughly 1793-1810); however the author...

Method and Imagination in Coleridge's Criticism

Method and Imagination in Coleridge's Criticism

1st Edition

J.R. de J. Jackson
November 28, 2017

First published in 1969, this book places Coleridge’s literary criticism against the background of his philosophical thinking, examining his theories about criticism and the nature of poetry. Particular attention is paid to the structure of Biographia Literaria, Coleridge’s distinction between...

Reading Wordsworth

Reading Wordsworth

1st Edition

J.H. Alexander
November 28, 2017

First published in 1987, this book is written for those who are encountering Wordsworth for the first time and for those familiar with his works that are at a loss to understand his reputation or why his work has impressed them. The strength of the author’s approach is that it unravels the poet’s...

William Wordsworth: The Poetry of Grandeur and of Tenderness

William Wordsworth: The Poetry of Grandeur and of Tenderness

1st Edition

David B. Pirie
November 28, 2017

First published in 1982. In this study of Wordsworth’s major poetry, the author explores the conflict between the poet’s celebration of an impersonal earth and his concern for the most intensely personal relationships. The opening chapter concentrates on Wordsworth’s struggle to describe the...

Wordsworth and Beginnings of Modern Poetry

Wordsworth and Beginnings of Modern Poetry

1st Edition

Robert Rehder
November 28, 2017

First published in 1981, this study sees Wordsworth’s work as part of the continuous European struggle to come to terms with consciousness. The author pays particular attention to Wordsworth’s style and investigates the unstated and unconscious assumptions of that style. He discusses the...

Coleridge

Coleridge

1st Edition

Katharine Cooke
November 28, 2017

First published in 1979, this book provides thorough a guide through Coleridge’s diverse body of work, looking not just his poetry but also his literary criticism and theories, plays, political journalism and theory, and writings on religion and philosophy. The author is careful to avoid...

The Simple Wordsworth: Studies in the Poems 1979-1807

The Simple Wordsworth: Studies in the Poems 1979-1807

1st Edition

John F. Danby
November 28, 2017

First published in 1960, this book studies Wordsworth’s ‘simple’ poems, such as the Lyrical Ballads, as products of a sophisticated and powerfully successful literary genius. The author aims to approach the poems as perhaps Wordsworth expected his first readers to; but as they have never been in...

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