Wordsworth's Revisitings

Wordsworth's Revisitings by Stephen Gill
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9780199268771
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Hardcover
Pages
265
Dimensions
147 x 216 x 20mm

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Nothing was more important to Wordsworth than tracing the evidence that affinities had been preserved between all the stages of the life of man. Here the author explores the ways in which the poet attempted as an artist to maintain such continuities and shows how revisitings of various kinds are at the heart of his creativity. Habitually reviewing all of his work, both published and that still in manuscript, Wordsworth painstakingly revised at the level of verbal detail or recast it more largely. New poems frequently emerged from re-engagement with old, often serving as a sequel to or commentary from the maturer poet on his own earlier creation, and acts of self-borrowing and self-reference are plentiful. These linkings provide insights into the powerfulvision the poet maintained that his imaginative creation was one evolving unity and reveal much about the obsessions and drives of the great poet Combining textual analysis, critical commentary, and biographical narrative, the author explores what bindsWordsworth's later, less well-known poems to his earlier work. At the center of the book is an account of the evolution of The Prelude from 1804 to 1839, in which it is argued that Wordsworth's masterpiece must be followed through all its versions, seen as a poem growing old alongside its creator.
ISBN:
9780199268771
Publication Date:
15 / 11 / 2011
Pages:
265
Dimensions:
147 x 216 x 20mm

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