wordsworth books


William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850)

English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). Wordsworth was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: 1.-3. Poem ‘I Wandered lonely as a Cloud’, frontispiece “W. Wordsworth. W. Boxall pinxt. J. B. Longacre Sc.”, and cover detail from The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth: Together with a Description of the Country of the Lakes in the North of England, now first published with his works. Edited by Henry Reed. Philadelphia: Kay & Troutman. Pittsburgh: C. H. Kay. 1846.  4.-6. Poem ‘My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold’, title page detail “Rydal Mount, Wordsworth’s Home”, and frontispiece from The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. Cambridge Edition. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. The Riverside Press Cambridge. 1904.

With deep devotion, Nature, did I feel,
In that enormous City’s turbulent world
Of men and things, what benefit I owed
To thee, and those domains of rural peace,
Where to the sense of beauty first my heart
Was opened.

~ William Wordsworth

March 20th 2016 • 11h09
I am still feeling terrible and I wish I could take another day off from all the studying but I can’t. So today I’m going to try to read as much of Mrs Dalloway as possible. That’s my main focus for today. I have 4 weeks left to finish reading V. Woolf (I have 4 books left to read: Mrs Dalloway, Night and Day, The Years and Three Guineas) and write my dissertation so I really need to hurry up. I also have 2 other papers to write and 2 exams to study for + 2 oral exams. I need to stay focused. Ugh. I wish I could just sleep it off.

On April 15th, 1802 William Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy see a “long belt” of daffodils, inspiring the former to pen I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

The Complete Poetical Works of William Wordsworth: Together with a Description of the Country of the Lakes in the North of England, Now First Published with his Works.  Edited by Henry Reed. Philadelphia: Kay & Troutman, 1846.


So we all know what it’s like to go to a used book shop and find a lovely hardback illustrated edition of Wordsworth poems selling for only 50p. Obviously. It’s almost an everyday occurrence by now. But what makes this particular 50p illustrated copy of Wordsworth so special is the unique feature of the removable cover. Unlike most books, you don’t have the trouble of turning the cover, all you have to do is slide it off to the side. Truly, this is reading made efficient.

Stay tuned for more advancements in the ever growing field of vintage book architecture - where creativity knows no bounds.



It is the first day of a brand new month, and I am spending a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the library. It’s nearly the end of term, which means it’s close to the deadline for my three portfolio essays: so today I am finishing off my Wordsworth portfolio essay about the self in The Prelude. My 3 essays (on Thomson, Wordsworth & Austen) will be marked instead of a Paper 6 (Long 18th C.) exam, so they need to be amazing! I want to finish them early as I have quite a few things planned socially next weekend (birthdays, parties, etc.), and I want to be able to chill! 

 We also had our ‘room choosing’ day yesterday, and I can’t wait to share the view from my room next year, it’s beaut! 

 - Sarah

What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind
—  William Wordsworth, “Ode: Intimations of Immortality”