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This anthology, published in 1825, brings together past and contemporary poets: William Wordsworth (1770–1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) alongside Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton. The anthology is edited by essayist and critic William Hazlitt, who has written a paragraph about each included poet.
William Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Ruined Cottage’ tells the tale of a family torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. Professor Sally Bushell charts the decline of person through place in the poem.
Professor Philip Shaw considers the composition of 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey', and explains how Wordsworth uses nature to explore ideas of connection and unity.