Jonathan Bate explains why Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads is one of the greatest and most influential volumes of poetry ever written.
A lecture by Professor Sir Jonathan Bate CBE FBA, Professor of Rhetoric (16 October 2018)
‘The sense of a new style and a new spirit in poetry came over me’, wrote William Hazlitt, recalling the day in 1798 when he heard William Wordsworth reading aloud from Lyrical Ballads, ‘It partakes of, and is carried along with, the revolutionary movement of our age’.
Jonathan Bate will explain what Hazlitt meant and why Lyrical Ballads, the product of Wordsworth’s intimate friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is one of the greatest and most influential volumes of poetry ever written.
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