Poems, in Two Volumes
It contains many notable poems, including:
- "Resolution and Independence"
- "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (sometimes anthologized as "The Daffodils")
- "My Heart Leaps Up"
- "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"
- "Ode to Duty"
- "The Solitary Reaper"
- "Elegiac Stanzas"
- "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802"
- "London, 1802"
- "The World Is Too Much with Us"
Poems in Two Volumes has been considered to be the peak of Wordsworth's power, and of his popularity. However, it was poorly reviewed by Wordsworth's contemporaries, including Lord Byron, whom Wordsworth would come to despise. Byron said of the volume, in one of its first reviews, "Mr. W[ordsworth] ceases to please, ... clothing [his ideas] in language not simple, but puerile". Wordsworth himself wrote ahead to soften the thoughts of The Critical Review, hoping his friend Wrangham would push a softer approach. He succeeded in preventing a known enemy from writing the review, but it didn't help; as Wordsworth himself said, it was a case of "Out of the frying pan, into the fire". Of any positives within Poems in Two Volumes, perceived masculinity in "The Happy Warrior" was one. "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" couldn't have been further from it. Wordsworth took the reviews stoically.
- Poems in Two Volumes, by William Wordsworth, Author of The Lyrical Ballads. I. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orms. 1807. Retrieved 4 January 2017 – via Internet Archive.; Poems in Two Volumes, by William Wordsworth, Author of The Lyrical Ballads. II. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orms. 1807. Retrieved 4 January 2017 – via Internet Archive.
- "William Wordsworth". Britain Express. 2000. Retrieved 25 December 2009.
- Byron, Baron George (1837). The works of Lord Byron complete in one volume. H.L. Broenner. p. 686. Retrieved 29 December 2009.