Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World

Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World

On the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth comes a highly imaginative and vivid portrait of a revolutionary poet who embodied the spirit of his age

Published in time for the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth, this is the biography of a great poetic genius, a revolutionary who changed the world. Wordsworth rejoiced in the French Revolution and played a central role in the cultural upheaval that we call the Romantic Revolution.

He and his fellow Romantics changed forever the way we think about childhood, the sense of the self, our connection to the natural environment, and the purpose of poetry. But his was also a revolutionary life in the old sense of the word, insofar as his art was of memory, the return of the past, the circling back to childhood and youth. This beautifully written biography is purposefully fragmentary, momentary, and selective, opening up what Wordsworth called "the hiding-places of my power."

Title:Radical Wordsworth: The Poet Who Changed the World
Edition Language:English
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  • Paul Ataua

    It was good to be taken back to ‘The Prelude’ and the Lake District. It brought back memories of all those weekends I spent wandering through the Lakes in my teens and twenties. It was also good t...

  • Sorrento

    For a few days of the sunny May lockdown sitting in my garden I was totally engrossed in Jonathan Bate’s new biography of William Wordsworth. I did however take timeout to watch Jonathan talk about ...

  • Ya??z Ay

    Brilliantly written as ever, Bate presents a millenarian Wordsworth, a Wordsworth whose late conservatism is taken off and replaced immediately by a revolutionary form of eco-mindedness, by egalitaria...

  • Trick Wiley

    First time reader of of"Jonathan Bates" and this was interesting to me because I have read the works of Wordsworth and like All poets,some I like some, some not so much. I don't know so much of him be...

  • Mary Taylor Mann

    Bate’s biography is beautifully written and engaging. As a foray into the life of Wordsworth, it functions very well, blending the genres of biography and criticism and subtlety countering stereotyp...

  • Simon Harrison

    Much like its subject, it starts well but loses much and fairly trails off. It’s a great shame as Bates’ passion is clear throughout, however-much it only occasionally buoys the reader. Good but n...