At a glance:
- Author: William Wordsworth
- First Published: 1850
- Type of Work: Poetry
- Genres: Poetry, Narrative poetry
- Subjects: Authors or writers, Nineteenth century, Poetry or poets, England or English people, Romanticism
The Prelude, which was not published until shortly after William Wordsworth’s death in 1850, was planned as the introductory section of a long autobiographical and philosophical poem that was never finished, titled The Recluse. In that ambitious work, Wordsworth intended to trace in blank verse the development of his views on humanity, society, and nature. Of the projected three parts, only the second, The Excursion (1814), written between 1799 and 1805, was completed and published. The important “Friend” to whom the poem is addressed...
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