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Postscript - Wordsworth in 1850

The Prelude, “this posthumous yet youthful work”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 June 2021

Jeffrey Cox
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University of Colorado Boulder
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The postscript to the book turns briefly to Wordsworth’s Prelude, published in 1850 after his death. Wordsworth, in publishing The Prelude, addressed to Coleridge and offering an account of his life up until 1805, engages in a kind of time travel, creating not so much spots of time as a time warp where he can leap over the younger Cockney poets who shaped his later work to recover his early life with close associates such as Coleridge, his fellow Laker. The reviews of Wordsworth’s poem already show how he would become the central figure in a version of romanticism that turned from narrative to lyric and from public, political poetry to private, philosophical verse on the relationship between the poet and nature.

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William Wordsworth, Second-Generation Romantic
Contesting Poetry after Waterloo
, pp. 200 - 204
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Wordsworth in 1850
  • Jeffrey Cox, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Book: William Wordsworth, Second-Generation Romantic
  • Online publication: 10 June 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108946698.007
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  • Wordsworth in 1850
  • Jeffrey Cox, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Book: William Wordsworth, Second-Generation Romantic
  • Online publication: 10 June 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108946698.007
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  • Wordsworth in 1850
  • Jeffrey Cox, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Book: William Wordsworth, Second-Generation Romantic
  • Online publication: 10 June 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108946698.007
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