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Published: 11 July 2013

432 Pages


ISBN: 9780199601967

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Lyrical Ballads

1798 and 1802

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Edited by Fiona Stafford

Oxford World's Classics

  • The only edition to combine the first edition of 1798 with the enlarged edition of 1802.
  • Lyrical Ballads is one of the most important collections of poetry ever published, and includes poems such as 'The Ancient Mariner' and 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey'. The inclusion of both texts shows how the collection developed against the changing political situation of the time, and the private lives of the poets.
  • Includes Wordsworth's famous Preface in its fullest form, a key document for Romanticism and for poetry in general, and his important Appendix on Poetic Diction.
  • Wide-ranging introduction offers insight into the experience of the collection's first readers and the astonishing quality of the poems. It provides biographical background, an account of the poets' collaboration, and how they were affected by the political situation at home and abroad.
  • Appendices include Coleridge's famous glosses to 'The Ancient Mariner', added in 1817, Wordsworth's letters to Charles James Fox and John Wilson, and Wilson's letter to Wordsworth, which complement the Preface in representing Wordsworth's defence of his poems.
  • Helpful notes provide glosses and contextual information as well as details of composition and revision.

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