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The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels
 

The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels (Paperback)

By Nicolson, Adam

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Wordsworth and Coleridge as you've never seen them before in this new book by Adam Nicolson, brimming with poetry, art and nature writing. Proof that poetry can change the world. It is the most famous year in English poetry. Out of it came The Ancient Mariner and 'Kubla Khan', as... well as Coleridge's unmatched hymns to friendship and fatherhood, Wordsworth's revolutionary verses in Lyrical Ballads and the greatness of 'Tintern Abbey', his paean to the unity of soul and cosmos, love and understanding. Bestselling and award-winning writer Adam Nicolson tells the story, almost day by day, of the year in the late 1790s that Coleridge, Wordsworth, his sister Dorothy and an ever-shifting cast of friends, dependants and acolytes spent together in the Quantock Hills in Somerset. To a degree never shown before, The Making of Poetry explores the idea that these poems came from this place, and that only by experiencing the physical circumstances of the year, in all weathers and all seasons, at night and at dawn, in sunlit reverie and moonlit walks, can the genesis of the poetry start to be understood. What emerges is a portrait of these great figures as young people, troubled, ambitious, dreaming of a vision of wholeness, knowing they had greatness in them but still in urgent search of the paths towards it. The poetry they made was not from settled conclusions but from the adventure on which they were all embarked, seeing what they wrote as a way of stripping away all the dead matter, exfoliating consciousness, penetrating its depths. Poetry for them was not an ornament for civilisation but a challenge to it, a means of remaking the world.
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ISBN 9780008126490
Released NZ 1 Apr 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780008126490
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint William Collins
Released 1 Apr 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Nicolson, Adam
Category Biography & Autobiography: Literary
Regional Geography
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 821.8
Weight 410g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English poetry - History and criticism - 18th century, Romanticism - History - 18th century - Great Britain, Seventeen ninety-eight, AD
NBS Text Biography: Literary
ONIX Text General/trade

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