THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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William Wordsworth Literary Criticism

The Lyrical Ballads

An academic article by Joel Pace of the University of Wisconsin on the impact of this collection on American literary and social reforms, with analysis of several poems.

Tintern Abbey

An essay by David S. Miall of the University of Alberta which argues for the importance of considering the location of this poem central to an understanding of Wordsworth's view on our relationship with nature.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

An essay by Robert J. Walz of Lock Haven University analyzing this poem through a psychological exploration of Wordsworth's ego and relationship with nature.

Extempore Effusion Upon the Death of James Hogg

An academic article by Janette Currie of the University of Stirling exploring this poem and its representation of its subject.

The Haunted Tree

In this essay Tim Fulford, a Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University, presents a close reading of this poem, arguing that it should be read as an intelligent and witty contribution to contemporary political and social debate.

The Triad

An academic article by Derek Furr, an Assistant Professor of English in the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, analyzing this poem and Coleridge's 'The Garden of Boccaccio', especially in relation to their first publication in Charles Heath's Keepsake.

The Prelude

An essay by Pascale Guibert, a Senior Lecturer at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, examining Wordsworth's construction of landscape, with analysis of several extracts and reference to works by Deleuze, Guattari, Marc Porée and others.
An essay by Gary Farnell of King Alfred's College exploring many aspects of this work, although the psychological and literary motives for Wordsworth's lack of detail regarding his parents death in a seemingly autobiographical text is an overriding factor in the reading. With analysis of several excerpts.
An essay by Soheil Ahmed of the University of Queensland looking at the reasons and implicatons of Wordsworth's historical revisions in The Prelude.
An essay by Stuart Allen of Ohio Wesleyan University, which challenges historist readings of The Prelude and argues for a recognition of Wordsworth use of allegory.
In this essay, Joel Pace explores how Wordsworth "relates emotion, cognition and reflection in his concept of imagination" in The Prelude. Featuring several excerpts.