The Prelude

The Prelude by William Wordsworth

The PreludeFirst published in July 1850, shorlty after Wordsworth's death, The Prelude is the great Romantic poem of human consciousness takes as its theme 'the growth of a poet's mind,' leading the reader back to Wordsworth's formative moments of childhood and youth, and detailing his experiences as a radical undergraduate in France at the time of the Revolution. The Prelude has become one of the finest examples of poetic autobiography ever written; a fascinating examination of hte self that also presents a comprehensive view of the poet's own creative vision.

 The library's new edition of The Prelude contains the brief first draft, Was It For This, composed in 1798; The Prelude in two books, completed in 1799; and The Prelude in its 1805 and 1850 versions, printed in parallel texts. The introduction sets the poem in its historical context, while detailed notes, significant textual vartiants and a biographical table of dates further clarify the work.

Wordsworth made his debut as a writer in 1787 when he published a sonnet in The European Magazine. That same year he began attending St John's College, Cambridge, and received his B.A. degree in 1791. Alps extensively, and also visited nearby areas of France, Switzerland, and Italy. His youngest brother, Christopher, rose to be Master of Trinity College. He returned to Hawkshead for his first two summer holidays, and often spent later holidays on walking tours, visiting places famous for the beauty of their landscape. In 1790, he took a walking tour of Europe, during which he toured the