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William Wordsworth (1770 -1850) is one of the most popular and enduring of the English poets. His poetry is beloved for its deep feeling, its use of ordinary speech, and its celebration of nature and of the beauty and poetry in the commonplace. Together with his friend, the poet and political activist Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Wordsworth helped launch the romantic age in English literature. These poems demonstrate the astonishing range and beauty of Wordsworth's work and his sustained, coherent vision. "[Wordsworth's poetry] is great because of the extraordinary power with which [he] feels the joy offered to us in nature, the joy offered to us in the simple elementary affections and duties."-Matthew ArnoldShow more
'William Wordsworth - Selected Poems' is a selection of popular poems by William Wordsworth, which all describe an experience (what Wordsworth termed 'the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings') which is recollected in tranquillity. That recollection stimulates the power of the human mind, the 'inward eye' or the imagination. Selected and narrated by Steve Patriarca, these readings are made in the hope that the audience will not only enjoy the poems but also find in them new power and meaning.'Show more
The office of Poet Laureate goes back many centuries – informally to the time of Geoffrey Chaucer in 1389 and followed thereafter by a number of ‘volunteer laureates’. It was formally assigned to Ben Jonson in 1617 and, as a Royal office by letters patent in 1670, to John Dryden. It is a rich, rewarding history that bursts with the words, themes and visions of many great poets that has bound poetry and poets to a Nations soul.Victoria’s reign is mainly remembered as that which harnessed and amplified The Industrial Revolution with its myriad of inventions and the reinvention of society from agricultural to manufacturing. From there its thirst for markets and raw materials created a massive ‘Age of Empire’ that bestrode the globe yet, in its wake, left many in its homeland, destitute, impoverished and bereft of the advantages it trumpeted on a world stage. In the Arts its artists flourished, exhibiting and publishing abroad working in new techniques and new media. In literature such noted talents as Dickens, Trollope, Thackeray, the Bronte sisters and many, many others were ambitious and acclaimed. In Poetry we were spoilt for choice; the Brownings, Matthew Arnold, Coventry Patmore, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, an endless succession of wordsmiths. Those Laureates appointed in Queen Victoria’s reign to represent the Nation are three in number and quite simply are staggering in both verse and talent: William Wordsworth, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Alfred Austin.Show more
William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. A collection of the greatest poetry from the Romantic period, the battlefield, and the Victorian era, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Themes of war, love, nature, sexuality, and much more are played out in these timeless readings of poetry from the 19th and 20th century. Performed by Sir John Gielgud; Richard Burton; William Squire; Richard Marquand; Peggy Ashcroft; Margaretta Scott; Tony Church; Derek Godfrey; Patrick Garland; Gary Watson; Margaretta Scott; and Janette Richer; Gwen Watford; and David King. This collection includes poems from: • William Wordsworth • Samuel Taylor Coleridge • William Blake • Thomas Hardy • WB Yeats • Robert Browning • Lord Alfred Tennyson • Christina Rossetti • Lord Byron • Wilfred Owen • Siegfried Sassoon • Percy Bysshe Shelley • John Keats • Gerard Manley Hopkins • Dante Gabriel Rossetti • Ted HughesShow more
William Collins Books and Decca Records are proud to present ARGO Classics, a historic catalogue of classic fiction read by some of the world’s most renowned voices. Originally released as vinyl records, these expertly abridged and remastered stories are now available to download for the first time. A collection of the greatest poetry from the Romantic period, read by some of the 20th century’s most renowned actors. Love, romance, and portrayals of nature are played out in these timeless readings of poetry written during the Romantic period. Performed by Richard Burton; Peter Orr; William Squire; Richard Marquand; Peggy Ashcroft; Margaretta Scott; Tony Church; Derek Godfrey; Patrick Garland; Gary Watson; Margaretta Scott; and Janette Richer. This collection includes poems from: • William Wordsworth • Samuel Taylor Coleridge • William Blake • Lord Byron • Percy Bysshe Shelley • John KeatsShow more
The Romantics - Volume 2 - An Introduction. Romanticism was a new movement in philosophy and the arts that began in the late 18th century when major political events shook the world such as the French Revolution and American Independence. It marked a distinct contrast to the prevailing Enlightenment ideals and in poetry represented a more personal intuitive, emotional and meditative expression with a back to nature imperative. It subsequently altered the way in which we perceive poetry and beyond as well as defining our own modern sensibilities to the arts. The Romantic poets who were central to this movement are traditionally characterised as the Big Six, namely Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and Byron. However, as these volumes show, there are women poets who are often overlooked and these include Mary Shelley, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Joanna Baillie and Charlotte Smith. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. In this volume we collect together WS Landor to William Wordswoth.Show more
Wordsworth’s Prelude is the consummation of his achievement as the great founder of English romanticism. An autobiography in verse, it tells of his childhood in the Lake District, his student days in Cambridge, his passion for the French Revolution and his later disenchantment with it, and his personal journey to a belief in Nature as the great moral and spiritual force which shapes human life, but on which human society all too often turned its back. Subtitled ‘Growth of a Poet’s Mind’, The Prelude is both a key document in the history of English literature, and an inspiring work of imagination, as fresh and challenging today as when it was written two centuries ago.Show more
For many in Europe the focus has shifted west to the Americas, both by settlement and by war against the indigenous tribes. And then between themselves.Democracy would be reborn by the American War of Independence. In the East India becomes the stage for further expansion. For our wordsmiths the world had become a wider page on which to write their thoughts. Coleridge, Pope, Southey, Wordsworth speak with lyrical eloquence on subjects both great and small. But always form the heart.Show more
William Wordsworth was amongst the greatest of English Poets and this wonderful recording is now available for the first time as a digital download. William Wordsworth was amongst the greatest of English Poets. Included here are selections that put into perspective his great talent. The works are brought beautifully to life by Sir Cedric HardwickeShow more
William Wordsworth was born on the 7th of April, 1770 and is rightly regarded as a major English poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. His words have been proffered by many a tongue around the world. They stir, they inspire they create lyrical pictures and feelings as few others can. Wordsworth's was also Britain's Poet Laureate from his appointment by Queen Victoria in 1843 until his death in on the 23rd of April 1850. This volume brings together some of his finest verse and among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe.Show more
September - The ninth month of the year in our Gregorian calendar and with it arrives the Autumn equinox and the first glimpses of the new season. There is much for out Poets including Browning, Kingsley, Yeats, Lanier and Lindsay to say and write about. Among our readers are Richard Mitchley and Ghizela Rowe. The tracks are; September - An Introduction; September 1st 1802 By William Wordsworth; In September By Amy Levy; Sonnet XXL, Sacred To The Memory Of Edward Spedding Who Died September 3rd 1832 By Henry Alford; September 1918 By Amy Lowell; In September By Thomas MacDonagh; Lines Written On The 6th September By Thomas Gent; September 1815 By William Wordsworth; An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie By Vachel Lindsay; September By George Arnold; September By Helen Hunt Jackson; September By Carlos Wilcox; A Calendar Of Sonnets By September By Helen Hunt Jackson; Postscriptum, September 1913 By Thomas MacDonagh; Indian Summer By Sara Teasdale; September 1819 by William Wordsworth; Indian Summer By Henry Van Dyke; September 1913 By William Butler Yeats; September By Janet Hamilton; September By John Payne; Sonnet September 1922 By Ivor Gurney; 21st September 1870 By Charles Kingsley; Among The Rocks By Robert Browning; September Dark By James Whitcomb Riley; Ode To The West Wind By Shelley; Written In September 1804 By Christian Milne; The Golden Wedding Of Sterling And Sarah Lanier September 27th 1868 By Sidney Lanier; Written In London September 1802 By William Wordsworth; Late September By Amy Lowell; A September Night By George Marion McClellan; September Midnights By Sara Teasdale.Show more
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