This 32- page booklet consists of: detailed analysis of key ideas, themes and poetic techniques; five extended essay plans and a guide to using poetic language.
Poems: The Tables Turned; To My Sister; Lines Written in Early Spring (1798); Lucy Gray (1799); She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways (1799); Nutting (1799); Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey (1798); Resolution and Independence (1802); My Heart Leaps when I Behold (1802); Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept 3 (1802) ; In London, September 1802 (1802); London, 1802 (1802); The Solitary Reaper (1803); I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (1804); Michael; The Small Celandine
Plus Five Essay plans and a guide to using poetic language
Known as a “Romantic sonneteer”, Wordsworth was a poet of the Lake District in England. Together with Samuel Coleridge and Robert Southey, he paved the way for the break from the Classical era. As Coleridge notes of Wordsworth, “he strides so far before you that he dwindles in the distance.”
Wordsworth’s enemies saw him as the head of a new school – a School of Lake Poets. However, as Hunter Davies notes, “The school, such as it was, consisted of Wordsworth. It has to be admitted, however, that Wordsworth did see himself as a school on his own, someone sent to put poetry back on its feet, a self-elected arbiter of true poetic taste”.
Wordsworth’s compilation of poems in Lyrical Ballads (written with Samuel Coleridge in 1798 much of it composed whilst they were living in close proximity in Alfoxden) was a revolution in poetic style, marking a decisive change from Classical-style poetry.