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Wordsworth : a life

Author: Juliet R V Barker
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Orphaned and dependent on the charity of unsympathetic relatives, Wordsworth became the archetypal teenage rebel. He went to Revolutionary France, where he fathered an illegitimate daughter and became a committed republican. His poetry was as revolutionary as his politics, challenging convention in form, style, and subject, and earning him the contempt of critics. Only the encouragement of a group of supporters,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Juliet R V Barker
ISBN: 0060787317 9780060787318 9780060787363 0060787368
OCLC Number: 60188462
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xviii, 548 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Contents: The child is father of the man pre; 1770-83 --
A poor, devoted crew; 1784-7 --
Squandered abroad; 1787-90 --
A vital interest; 1799-92 --
A patriot of the world; 1793-4 --
Benighted heart and mind; 1794-6 --
A sett of violent democrats; 1796-8 --
The giant Wordsworth; 1798-9 --
The concern; 1799-1800 --
Home at Grasmere; 1800-1802 --
The set is broken; 1802-5 --
Acquiring the quiet mind; 1805-6 --
The convention of cintra; 1807-9 --
The blessedest of men! ; 1809-11 --
Suffer the little children; 1811-12 --
The excursion; 1813-14 --
Increasing influence; 1814-16 --
Bombastes Furioso; 1817-20 --
A tour of the continent; 1820-22 --
Idle Mount; 1823-6 --
Shades of the prison-house; 1826-9 --
Furiously alarmist; 1829-33 --
Falling leaves; 1833-6 --
Coming home; 1836-9 --
Real greatness; 1893-42 --
Poet Laureate; 1842-5 --
Fixed and irremovable grief; 1845-7 --
Bowed to the dust; 1847-50 --
Epilogue; 1847-50.
Responsibility: Juliet Barker.

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Orphaned and dependent on the charity of unsympathetic relatives, Wordsworth became the archetypal teenage rebel. He went to Revolutionary France, where he fathered an illegitimate daughter and became a committed republican. His poetry was as revolutionary as his politics, challenging convention in form, style, and subject, and earning him the contempt of critics. Only the encouragement of a group of supporters, above all Coleridge, kept him true to his poetic vocation. In the half-century that followed, his reputation was transformed. His advocacy of imagination and feeling touched a chord in an increasingly industrial, mechanistic age, and his influence was profoundly felt in every sphere of life. In the last decade of his life, his home became a place of pilgrimage for people who came to pay their respects to his genius. His legacy, as a poet and as the spiritual founder of the conservation movement, remains with us today.--From publisher description.

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