Selected Poems-Wordsworth – Insight Text Guide


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The Insight Text Guide William Wordsworth’s Selected Poems refers mainly to the versions of the poems included in Penguin’s Selected Poems (2004). The following poems are analysed in detail:

  • ‘A slumber did my spirit seal’
  • ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’
  • ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’
    (also known as ‘Daffodils’; the Appendix includes the
    version analysed in this guide)
  • ‘It is a beauteous Evening’
  • ‘Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey’
    (usually known simply as ‘Tintern Abbey’)
  • ‘Lines Written in Early Spring’
  • ‘Lucy Gray’
  • ‘Michael’
  • ‘My heart leaps up’
  • ‘Nutting’
  • ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality’
  • ‘Resolution and Independence’
  • ‘Strange fits of passion I have known’
    (the Appendix includes the version analysed in the guide)
  • The Prelude
  • ‘The Ruined Cottage’
  • ‘The Solitary Reaper’
  • ‘We Are Seven’
  • ‘Yew-Trees’
  • ‘Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways’
    (included in the Appendix)
Further poems referred to are:

  • ‘A Night-Piece’
  • ‘A Whirl-Blast from Behind the Hill’
  • ‘Gipsies’
  • ‘She dwelt among th’ untrodden ways’
  • ‘Surprized by joy’
  • ‘The Thorn’
  • ‘The Two April Mornings’
  • ‘Three years she grew in sun and shower’
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