Poems, in Two Volumes

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Poems, in Two Volumes is a collection of poetry by English Romantic poet William Wordsworth, published in 1807.[1]

It contains many notable poems, including:

Critical reception[edit]

Poems in Two Volumes has been considered to be the peak of Wordsworth's power, and of his popularity. However, it was poorly reviewed by Wordsworth's contemporaries, including Lord Byron,[2] whom Wordsworth would come to despise. Byron said of the volume, in one of its first reviews, "Mr. W[ordsworth] ceases to please, ... clothing [his ideas] in language not simple, but puerile".[3] Wordsworth himself wrote ahead to soften the thoughts of The Critical Review, hoping his friend Wrangham would push a softer approach. He succeeded in preventing a known enemy from writing the review, but it didn't help; as Wordsworth himself said, it was a case of "Out of the frying pan, into the fire". Of any positives within Poems in Two Volumes, perceived masculinity in "The Happy Warrior" was one. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" couldn't have been further from it. Wordsworth took the reviews stoically.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Poems in Two Volumes, by William Wordsworth, Author of The Lyrical Ballads. I. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orms. 1807. Retrieved 4 January 2017 – via Internet Archive. ; Poems in Two Volumes, by William Wordsworth, Author of The Lyrical Ballads. II. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orms. 1807. Retrieved 4 January 2017 – via Internet Archive. 
  2. ^ "William Wordsworth". Britain Express. 2000. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Byron, Baron George (1837). The works of Lord Byron complete in one volume. H.L. Broenner. p. 686. Retrieved 29 December 2009.