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Paperback 432 pp.
129 mm x 196 mm



Publication date:
August 2013

Imprint: OUP UK

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Lyrical Ballads

1798 and 1802

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Edited by Fiona Stafford

Series : Oxford World's Classics

'Listen, Stranger!'

Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint collection of poems has often been singled out as the founding text of English Romanticism. Within this initially unassuming, anonymous volume were many of the poems that came to define their age and which have continued to delight readers ever since, including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", the "Lucy" poems, "Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey", "A Slumber did my Spirit seal" and many more. Wordsworth's famous Preface is a manifesto not just for Romanticism but for poetry in general.

This is the only edition to print both the original 1798 collection and the expanded 1802 edition, with the fullest version of the Preface and Wordsworth's important Appendix on Poetic Diction. It offers modern readers a sense of what it was like to encounter Lyrical Ballads for the first time, and to see how it developed. Important letters are included, as well as a wide-ranging introduction and generous notes.

ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Readership : Suitable for readers of poetry, and students of English literature, Romantic poetry, the Romantic period, Wordsworth and Coleridge.

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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.

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Special Features

  • 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.