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  • Published: 28 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780140433692
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $35.00

The Prelude

The Four Texts (1798, 1799, 1805, 1850)




The culmination of a life, this collection of poetry is an examination of the self, and the growth of a man

First published in July 1850, shortly after Wordsworth's death, The Prelude was the culmination of over fifty years of creative work. The great Romantic poem of human consciousness, it takes as its theme 'the growth of a poet's mind': leading the reader back to Wordsworth's formative moments of childhood and youth, and detailing his experiences as a radical undergraduate in France at the time of the Revolution. Initially inspired by Coleridge's exhortation that Wordsworth write a work upon the French Revolution, The Prelude has ultimately become one of the finest examples of poetic autobiography ever written; a fascinating examination of the self that also presents a comprehensive view of the poet's own creative vision.

  • Published: 28 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780140433692
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 736
  • RRP: $35.00

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