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Lyrical Ballads

1798 and 1802

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Edited by Fiona Stafford

July 2013

ISBN: 9780199601967

432 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint collection of poems has often been singled out as the founding text of English Romanticism. This is the only edition to print both the original 1798 collection and the expanded 1802 edition, with Wordsworth's famous Preface. It includes important letters, a wide-ranging introduction and generous notes.

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Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint collection of poems has often been singled out as the founding text of English Romanticism. This is the only edition to print both the original 1798 collection and the expanded 1802 edition, with Wordsworth's famous Preface. It includes important letters, a wide-ranging introduction and generous notes.

  • 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.

About the Author(s)

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Edited by Fiona Stafford, Professor of English, University of Oxford

Fiona Stafford has written widely on Romantic literature. Her books include Reading Romantic Poetry (Wiley Blackwell, 2012), and Local Attachments: the Province of Poetry (Oxford, 2010). She has edited Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for Oxford World's Classics.

Reviews

"For students of the Lyrical Ballads as one of the key texts of Romanticism, Staffords new edition, juxtaposing the two 1798 and 1802 versions, is highly recommendable as it finely lays out both the reader response dimension of its poetics and the contexts of its production." - Helga Schwalm, The BARS Review

"Lyrical Ballads, in case you missed it, is, quite simply, possibly the single most important collection of poems in English ever published." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

"An invaluable resource for both teachers and students of Romantic literature... elegant, informative and clearly written introduction, a lucid overview of the Lyrical Ballads' transformation between 1798 and 1802... warmly recommended." - Susan Valladares, Reviews Editor for the British Association for Romantic Studies' Bulletin & Review and Lecturer in English, Worcester College, Oxford

"Stafford's new edition, juxtaposing the two 1798 and 1802 versions, is highly recommendable" - Helga Schwalm, BARS Review