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Author Nicolson, Adam, 1957- author.

Title The making of poetry : Coleridge, the Wordsworths, and their year of marvels / Adam Nicolson ; with woodcuts and paintings by Tom Hammick.

Publication Info. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  821.09 NIC    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First American edition.
Description 390 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-377) and index.
Summary June 1797 to September 1798 is the most famous year in English poetry. Out of it came Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and "Kubla Khan," as well as his unmatched hymns to friendship and fatherhood, and William Wordsworth's revolutionary songs in Lyrical Ballads along with "Tintern Abbey," Wordsworth's paean to the unity of soul and cosmos, love and understanding. In The Making of Poetry, Adam Nicolson embeds himself in the reality of this unique moment, exploring the idea that these poems came from this particular place and time, and that only by experiencing the physical circumstances of the year, in all weathers and all seasons, at night and at dawn, in sunlit reverie and moonlit walks, can the genesis of the poetry start to be understood. The poetry Wordsworth and Coleridge made was not from settled conclusions but from the adventure on which they embarked, thinking of poetry as a challenge to all received ideas, stripping away the dead matter, looking to shed consciousness and so change the world. What emerges is a portrait of these great figures seen not as literary monuments but as young men, troubled, ambitious, dreaming of a vision of wholeness, knowing they had greatness in them but still in urgent search of the paths toward it. The artist Tom Hammick accompanied Nicolson for much of the year, making woodcuts from the fallen timber in the park at Alfoxden where the Wordsworths lived. Interspersed throughout the book, his images bridge the centuries, depicting lives at the source of our modern sensibility: a psychic landscape of doubt and possibility, full of beauty and thick with desire for a kind of connectedness that seems permanently at hand and yet always out of reach.
Contents Following -- Meeting / June 1797 -- Searching / June 1797 -- Settling / July 1797 -- Walking / July and August 1797 -- Informating / July and August 1797 -- Dreaming / September and October 1797 -- Voyaging / November 1797 -- Diverging / December 1797 and January 1798 -- Mooning / January and February 1798 -- Remembering / February 1798 -- Emerging / March 1798 -- Polarising / March 1798 -- Delighting / April, May and June 1798 -- Authoring / June 1798 -- Arriving / July 1798 -- Leaving / August and September 1798.
Subject Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834 -- Homes and haunts -- England -- Quantock Hills.
Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Homes and haunts -- England -- Quantock Hills.
Wordsworth, Dorothy, 1771-1855 -- Homes and haunts -- England -- Quantock Hills.
English poetry -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Quantock Hills (England)
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Author Hammick, Tom, artist.
Added Title Coleridge, the Wordsworths, and their year of marvels
ISBN 9780374200213 (hardcover)
0374200211 (hardcover)

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