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William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was born in Cockermouth, in the Lake District. His Lyrical Ballads, written in collaboration with Coleridge, was published in 1798, and shortly afterwards he settled in Dove Cottage, Grasmere, with his sister Dorothy. Inspired in his early manhood by the French Revolution, he grew disillusioned with revolutionary politics and in later life became decidedly conservative. He left a vast body of work, ranging from delicately simple lyrics to deeply meditative odes, with his most fully-realised ambitious work being The Prelude.

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"Oliver Ford Davies and Jasper Britton bring cultured accents and theatrical experience to the readings of this selection of poems by William Wordsworth. Davies's more mature voice alternating with Britton's younger one enables listeners to understand the flowery language and poetic conventions of the late eighteenth century. With perfect pacing and a wide range of emotions, the speakers perform works that vary in topic--from the appreciation of natural beauty in the Lake District of England to the more enigmatic blank verse of "The Prelude." The poems are elegantly presented and organized but are not too precious--as evidenced by the country ghost story "Goody Blake and Harry Gill," which is included. This collection is a delight in every way." ( AudioFile

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outstanding and beautifully presented

listened countless times. I even had the CD but gave it to my friend so I have purchased it on audible too.

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  • 11-06-21

I liked the younger narrator, not the older one.

I like listening to books and dont mind as much when the narrator puts different tones into it because at the end of the day its the same story regardless.
poetry is not like that, a different tone or inflection can change the meaning of a line, and I feel one of the narrator's missed the mark for me more often than not.
I love wordsworth's poems regardless though.

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  • 19-10-19

A fantastic poet read with vigor and flare

Deeply provocative, an experience from another time and place well described and profoundly felt by narrator. Well done.