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by William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Includes Wordsworth’s poem “Tintern Abbey” and Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

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Creative Anxiety and Appropriation of the Feminine in Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads
This study argues that a new awareness of Wordsworth’s attention to the “strength and vigor” of feminity requires us to reevaluate the existing male-centered paradigms of power.
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: Danielle E. Conger
From: Prometheus Unplugged, the third annual national graduate student conference on Romanticism April, 1996
Keywords: feminist criticism, power
‘Gems of a soft and permanent lustre’: The Reception and Influence of the Lyrical Ballads in America
“As this illustrates, the bicentennial will provide the perfectopportunity to bring the publication, reception and influence of the work in America to the attention of the scholarly community. The Ballads appeared in America in the wake of its Revolution, when minds were ripe for new philosophies both poetical and political. Although these early Americans had severed their ties to England’s government, there were many who were still loyal to her literature.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
Author: Pace, Joel
From: Romanticism On the Net Vol. 9 February 1998
The idea of ‘the real language of men’ in the 1800 ‘Preface’ to Lyrical Ballads; or Enfield’s idea of language derived from Condillac
“Wordsworth’s 1800 “Preface” was written at a time when a scientific terminology for language was being formed. Ideas which had originated in Lucretius passed through Locke and Blair to emerge again in themain intellectual current. Etienne Bonnot de Condillac was dominant in this process, but the importance of other thinkers, including William Enfield (1740-97), should not be overlooked. The present essayexamines Enfield’s importance in the context of language theorists and considers his influence on Wordsworth.”
Author: Ruriko Suzuki
From: Romanticism on the Net Vol 11 August 1998
Innovation and Strangeness; or, Dialogue and Monologue in the 1798 Lyrical Ballads
“However sceptical readers have become about the Wordsworthian-Coleridgean creed, the monumentalquality of the volume is not entirely a figment of a literary history in search of Great Traditions; ‘Tintern Abbey’ writes its own future — and the future of Lyrical Ballads 1798 as a whole — as well as writing Wordsworth’s (and Dorothy’s). We may no longer assent to the idea of 1798 as a new beginning, but we still have to accommodate the volume’s own assertions about continuity and change.”
Contains: Historical Context, Content Analysis
Author: Treadwell, James
From: Romanticism On the Net Vol. 9 February 1998
Lucy Revived
“If you look back instead of forward, however, it is possible to find a precedent for the implicit narrative sequence in a scattered and shifting series of lyric poems about another Lucy–Lucy Fortescue Lyttelton.”
Contains: Content Analysis, Character Analysis
Author: H. J. Jackson
From: Romanticism on the Net Vol. 13 February 1999
Robert Southey and the Emergence of Lyrical Ballads
“In this article I would like to explore the relationship of Southey’s writing to the emergence of Lyrical Ballads and other poems. I want to show Southey as a practising writer and as a domesticated poet. I would like to suggest that his volume of Poems 1799 is some ways an ‘answer’ to Lyrical Ballads and to describe the contents of that volume. Finally, in a piece which brings together comments by Jonathan Wordsworth, Donald Priestman and others, I would like to give as an illustration of Wordsworth and Southey’s intertextual ‘conversation’ regarding Southey’s Inscriptions from Poems 1797 one example of poetry from Lyrical Ballads.”
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: Smith, Christopher
From: Romanticism On the Net Vol. 9 February 1998
Keywords: Robert Southey
Wordsworth’s ‘Are There no Groans?’: Source, Meaning, Significance
“The tendency of this is to associate ‘Are there no groans?’ with ‘The Thorn’ (either directly or via its satellites) while essentially avoiding the question of what it means; in this reading the fragment is of slight interest. In the present article, however, ‘Are there no groans?’ is considered on its own merits, and it is argued that it is both more interesting and more significant than may at first appear the case. It is also, except in very general terms, dissociated from ‘The Thorn’.”
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: David Chandler
From: Romanticism on the Net Vol. 14 May 1999
Wordsworth’s Revolution in Poetic Language
“My title intends to link the experimental project of Lyrical Ballads , as advertised and commenced in 1798, with Julia Kristeva’s 1974 doctoral thesis, La Révolution du langage poétique, (1) for two reasons: first because Wordsworth’s theory and practice, though ultimately very different, can nevertheless be helpfully reviewed as historically prefigurative of the new ‘signifying practice’ that Kristeva argues was to be fully realised by avant-garde writers in the course of thenineteenth century; and second because Kristeva’s engagement in the psychology of language draws out and illuminates Wordsworth’s own most self-characterising preoccupation in attempting to invent a modern literary discourse in which to accommodate the revolutionary knowledge of his time.”
Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context
Author: Hanley, Keith
From: Romanticism On the Net Vol. 9 February 1998

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