Radical Wordsworth
On the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth comes a highly imaginative and vivid portrait of a revolutionary poet who embodied the spirit of his agePublished in time for the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth, this is the biography of a great poetic genius, a revolutionary who changed the world. Wordsworth rejoiced in the French Revolution and played a central role in the cultural upheaval that we call the Romantic Revolution.He and his fellow Romantics changed forever the way we think about childhood, the sense of the self, our connection to the natural environment, and the purpose of poetry. But his was also a revolutionary life in the old sense of the word, insofar as his art was of memory, the return of the past, the circling back to childhood and youth. This beautifully written biography is purposefully fragmentary, momentary, and selective, opening up what Wordsworth called "the hiding-places of my power."

Radical Wordsworth Details

TitleRadical Wordsworth
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 12th, 2020
PublisherYale University Press
ISBN-139780300169645
Rating
GenrePoetry, Biography, Nonfiction, Medievalism, Romanticism, Criticism, Literary Criticism

Radical Wordsworth Review

  • Paul Ataua
    January 1, 1970
    It was good to be taken back to ‘The Prelude’ and the Lake District. It brought back memories of all those weekends I spent wandering through the Lakes in my teens and twenties. It was also good to be reminded of Wordsworth’s ‘spots of time’, which drew out my own spots of time – those brief moments of awareness, of peace, of understanding. Despite those things, I didn’t find ‘Radical Wordsworth’ all that satisfying - the radical bit came over as a little forced, there were too many depths not e It was good to be taken back to ‘The Prelude’ and the Lake District. It brought back memories of all those weekends I spent wandering through the Lakes in my teens and twenties. It was also good to be reminded of Wordsworth’s ‘spots of time’, which drew out my own spots of time – those brief moments of awareness, of peace, of understanding. Despite those things, I didn’t find ‘Radical Wordsworth’ all that satisfying - the radical bit came over as a little forced, there were too many depths not explored, and although I appreciated the support for his art in later life, I never felt enthused with the project. The writing was lively, and the fact it started in res media helped to make it a comfortable read throughout. One just for Wordsworth lovers, maybe.
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  • Trick Wiley
    January 1, 1970
    First time reader of of"Jonathan Bates" and this was interesting to me because I have read the works of Wordsworth and like All poets,some I like some, some not so much. I don't know so much of him being a so call"Radical" but find this interesting. I learned a lot about his life,his likes and dislikes. What was behind some of his reasoning for poems,where they had come from. As in his personal life very informative and interesting in this writing from Jonathan Bates. You can tell much research First time reader of of"Jonathan Bates" and this was interesting to me because I have read the works of Wordsworth and like All poets,some I like some, some not so much. I don't know so much of him being a so call"Radical" but find this interesting. I learned a lot about his life,his likes and dislikes. What was behind some of his reasoning for poems,where they had come from. As in his personal life very informative and interesting in this writing from Jonathan Bates. You can tell much research has gone into this book. If you are interested in poetry if you are interested in this poet and his life this is a very good read. It was too me kinda slow starting out,but give it a chance it does get better! Received this from Net Gallery !
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