|Author:||Samuel Taylor Coleridge|
200 years since its first publication, "Lyrical Ballads" will be published as it was put together by Wordsworth and Coleridge. Accepted as one of the most revolutionary and influential books of English poetry, "Lyrical Ballads" includes Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey".
Coleridge (1772-1834) has been criticized as a political turn-coat, drug addict and plagiarist whose wrecked career left only a handful of magical early poems. But the shaping influence of his highly imaginative criticism is now generally accepted,and his position, along with Wordsworth (1770-1850), as one of the two great progenitors of the English Romantic spirit is assured. A great innovator, Wordsworth permanently enlarged the range of English poetry both in subject matter and treatment. Michael Schmidt is Professor of English and Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of the critical history LIVES OF THE POETS (1999), THE STORY OF POETRY (five volumes, 2001-), and THE FIRST POETS: LIVES OF THE ANCIENT GREEK POETS.