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Radical Wordsworth

The Poet Who Changed the World

Jonathan Bate

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A dazzling new biography of Wordsworth's radical life as a thinker and poetical innovator, published to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World A01 By (author) N Jonathan Bate 240 159 43 950 BB Hardback 608 William Collins HarperCollins Publishers London United Kingdom BGL Biography: literary HBTB Social & cultural history 1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain 3JF c 1700 to c 1800 3JH c 1800 to c 1900 1.3 DNBL NHTB Biography: literary Social & cultural history 1DDU 3ML 3MN United Kingdom, Great Britain 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899 A dazzling new biography of Wordsworth's radical life as a thinker and poetical innovator, published to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. A dazzling new biography of Wordsworth's radical life as a thinker and poetical innovator, published to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth. William Wordsworth wrote the first great poetic autobiography. We owe to him the idea that places of outstanding natural beauty should become what he called 'a sort of national property'. He changed forever the way we think about childhood, about the sense of the self, about our connection to the natural environment, and about the purpose of poetry. He was born among the mountains of the English Lake District. He walked into the French Revolution, had a love affair and an illegitimate child, before witnessing horrific violence in Paris. His friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge was at the core of the Romantic movement. As he retreated from radical politics and into an imaginative world within, his influence would endure as he shaped the ideas of thinkers, writers and activists throughout the nineteenth century in both Britain and the United States. This wonderful book opens what Wordsworth called 'the hiding places of my power'. W. H. Auden once wrote that 'Poetry makes nothing happen'. He was wrong. Wordsworth's poetry changed the world. Award-winning biographer and critic Jonathan Bate tells the story of how it happened. PRAISE FOR RADICAL WORDSWORTH 'An entertaining biography ... This excellent, intellectually rousing book is about the young poet ... the Wordsworth who was the 'pure emanation of the spirit of the age', who pitied the poor, loved the natural world and believed "all that we behold is full of blessings"' The Times 'This new book, like everything Bate writes, richly repays reading ... He is illuminating on the sources of Wordsworth's nature worship ... He carefully and persuasively re-examines the effects of the revolution on Wordsworth ... Bate shows that it was Wordsworth who inspired the founders of the National Trust ... It is hard to think of another poet who has changed our world so much' Sunday Times 'A bold and bracing account, masterful with its material, patiently brilliant in reading the poems, and gloriously convincing about its subject's social significance' Daily Telegraph 'Bate's stirring biography ... is neither rushed nor reductive. It is full of sharp anecdotes that evoke the lives of the Wordsworths ... Bate is able to set the poetry amid the personal ...and constructs a vivid picture of a complex man whose poetry helps us 'to see the life of things' Spectator 'A pacy writer and doesn't pull his punches when it comes to Wordsworth's later poetry ... When he was at his best, Bate says, his poems were as powerful as any since Shakespeare and they 'uphold and feed' the spirit of anyone who reads them' Daily Mail 'As when a conservator carefully swabs away from an oil painting the crusty accretions and gunk of ages to reveal shining colours and unexpected detail - so Jonathan Bate sets about the youthful Wordsworth, and shows us, page by page, just how world-changing he really was ... With wonderful elan, close reading and detective work, Bate blows the chalk-dust away... Staggeringly, wonderfully good' Kathleen Jamie,New Statesman Jonathan Bate CBE is Provost of Worcester College and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University. He is Vice-President of the British Academy, a Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and a 2014 judge for the Man Booker Prize. 02042020 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 25.00 0.00 25.00 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 1 BERT BKSPD GARD Y

A dazzling new biography of Wordsworth's radical life as a thinker and poetical innovator, published to mark the 250th anniversary of his birth.

William Wordsworth wrote the first great poetic autobiography. We owe to him the idea that places of outstanding natural beauty should become what he called 'a sort of national property'. He changed forever the way we think about childhood, about the sense of the self, about our connection to the natural environment, and about the purpose of poetry.

He was born among the mountains of the English Lake District. He walked into the French Revolution, had a love affair and an illegitimate child, before witnessing horrific violence in Paris. His friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge was at the core of the Romantic movement. As he retreated from radical politics and into an imaginative world within, his influence would endure as he shaped the ideas of thinkers, writers and activists throughout the nineteenth century in both Britain and the United States. This wonderful book opens what Wordsworth called 'the hiding places of my power'.

W. H. Auden once wrote that 'Poetry makes nothing happen'. He was wrong. Wordsworth's poetry changed the world. Award-winning biographer and critic Jonathan Bate tells the story of how it happened.

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Book publisherHarperCollins Publishers
Publication date2 Apr 2020
FormatHardback
Pages608
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