Wordsworth's "The Prelude" is an autobiographical poem written in blank verse within which he reveals intimate details of his life.
First published after Wordsworth's death in 1880 and titled by his widow Mary, "The Prelude" is Wordsworth's autobiographical magnum opus within which he offers the reader a plethora of personal details about his life. He started writing the when he was 28 and continued to work on it throughout his life. Changed and expanded many times, it was originally conceived as an introduction to "The Recluse", a work which remains unfinished. This volume constitutes a must-read for all lovers of poetry and is not to be missed by fans and collectors of Wordsworth's seminal work. This new edition includes and introductory excerpt by Thomas De Quincey.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet famous for helping to usher in the Romantic Age in English literature with the publication of "Lyrical Ballads" (1798), which he co-wrote with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He was poet laureate of Britain between 1843 until his death in 1850. Other notable works by this author include: "The Tables Turned", "The Thorn", and "Lines Composed A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey".
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