RADICAL WORDSWORTH: The Poet Who Changed the WorldJONATHAN BATE Book Number: 91099 Product format: Hardback
William Wordsworth was born among the mountains of the Lake District, walked into the French Revolution, had a love affair and an illegitimate child before witnessing horrific violence in Paris. His friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge was at the core of the Romantic movement. As he retreated from radical politics and into an imaginative world within, his influence would endure as he shaped the ideas of thinkers, writers and activists throughout the 19th century in Britain and the US. Our 2020 first edition published by William Collins is a dazzling new biography of William Wordsworth's radical life as a thinker and poet, published to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, Jonathan Bate has been knighted for his services to literary scholarship. His chapters include A New Spirit in Poetry, The Banks of the Wye, Lucy in the Harz with Dorothy, Home at Grasmere, From New School to Lake School, Surprised by Grief, Among the Cockneys, and Love of Nature Leading to Love of Mankind among them. There are portraits and illustrations, birthplace and places of interest, people, poems and their inspiration and map of the Lake District. A diary entry of Dorothy's would eventually give Wordsworth raw materials for a poem, written two years later, in which the memory of the movement of the daffodils as they walked together flashes upon his imagination - in moments of contemplative solitude: 'For oft, when on my couch I lie in vacant or in pensive mood, they flash upon that inward eye which is the bliss of solitude; and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.' 856 magisterial pages, beautiful full page colour plates and many other illus.
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