William Wordsworth: Lyrical Ballads

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  • Stephen Van-Hagen (Edge Hill University)

Lyrical Ballads, with a few other poems, one of the most influential volumes of poetry in English literary history – and often regarded as the defining achievement of ‘first generation’ Romanticism – first appeared, anonymously, in October 1798. It was the product of a collaboration between William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), two men who met when Wordsworth, wandering the country following his enforced separation from Annette Vallon and their daughter Caroline, came across Coleridge preaching radical philosophy in rooms above the Corn Exchange in Bristol in August 1795. Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy subsequently moved in to Alfoxden House, four miles from Coleridge’s …

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Citation:
Van-Hagen, Stephen. "Lyrical Ballads". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 May 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=3790, accessed 21 October 2014.]


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  1. English Romanticism