This original study is the first fully to acknowledge the impact of early grief on Wordsworth's poetry and to integrate it into a critical account of how his art developed from 1787 to 1813. It looks at the impact of grief on Wordsworth's great poetry. It explains the importance of the poet's great, unfinished epic "The Recluse" to his work as a whole. It includes 20 illustrations from original notebooks. It contains the first annotated text of "The White Doe of Rylstone".
Duncan Wu is a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford, and University Lecturer in English Literature. His numerous publications include A Companion to Romanticism (1998), Romanticism: An Anthology with CD-ROM, (Second Edition, 1998), Romanticism: A Critical Reader (1995), Romantic Women Poets: An Anthology (1997), an edition of William Wordsworth's The Five-Book Prelude (1997) and of William Hazlitt's The Plain-Speaker: Key Essays (1998), all available from Blackwell. He is also the editor of a nine volume edition of The Selected Writings of William Hazlitt (1998).
List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. A Note On Texts. Abbreviations. 1. "Perhaps My Pains Might Be Beguil'd". 2. "In Black Helvellyn's Inmost Womb". 3. "Charg'd By Magic". 4. "The World Is Poisoned At The Heart". 5. "Their Life Is Hidden With God". 6. "The Vital Spirit Of A Perfect Form". Part I: October 1798-April 1799. Between Parts I And II: April-May 1799. Part II: May-December 1799. 7. "Serious Musing And Self-Reproach". 8. "I Yearn Towards Some Philosophic Song". 9. "That Vast Abiding-Place". 10. "I Only Look'd For Pain And Grief". 11. "Forbearance & Self-Sacrifice". 12. "O Teach Me Calm Submission To Thy Will". Epilogue. Appendix: The White Doe Of Rylstone (1808 Text) And Its "Advertizement". Bibliography. Index.