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Wordsworth's Revisitings

Stephen Gill


This book explores the ways in which Wordsworth attempted as an artist to maintain continuities through all the stages of his life. Habitually reviewing all of his work, both published and that still in manuscript, the poet painstakingly revised at the level of verbal detail or recast it more largely. New poems frequently emerged from re-engagement with old, often serving as a sequel to or commentary from the maturer poet on his earlier creation. This book offers a lively account of Wordsworth’s practice, both in composition and in later revision. Combining textual analysis, critical commentar ... More

Keywords: retrospection, revision, textual history, friendships, mortality, unity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199268771
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268771.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Gill, author
Retired Professor of English, University of Oxford; Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford