"Selected Poetry of William Wordsworth" represents Wordsworth's prolific output, from the poems first published in "Lyrical Ballads" in 1798 that changed the face of English poetry to the late Yarrow Revisited. Wordsworth's poetry is celebrated for its deep feeling, its use of ordinary speech, the love of nature it expresses, and its representation of commonplace things and events. As Matthew Arnold notes, Wordsworth's poetry] is great because of the extraordinary power with which he] feels the joy offered to us in nature, the joy offered to us in the simple elementary affections and duties.
About the Author
William Wordsworth, one of the leaders of the Romantic Movement in English literature, first published "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" in 1807. This timeless tribute to nature's beauty and its ability inspire the human spirit is used with permission of the Wordsworth Trust.
David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale University. His many books include "A Choice of Inheritance", a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and "Skeptical Music", winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His writings appear regularly in the "New York Review of Books", the "London Review of Books", Raritan, and other publications.
“The poetical performance of Wordsworth is, after that of Shakespeare and Milton . . . undoubtedly the most
considerable in our language from the Elizabethan age to the present time.”—Matthew Arnold