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Wordsworth’s interest in the lyric by 1807 led him to the ode, which is, at its most basic level, an extended, more formal and serious lyric poem; it was a robust form during the eighteenth century. For the 1807 volumes, Wordsworth produced two significant odes, his ‘Intimations Ode,’ widely regarded as his greatest poem, and the less familiar ‘Ode to Duty,’ which interestingly seems to contradict much of what Wordsworth says about his poetic principles in the Preface. I will discuss in greater depth a selection of the 1800 and 1807 lyrics in Chapter 3.
Wordsworth wrote The Prelude in tribute to Coleridge’s confidence that Wordsworth would be one of the great poets and always referred to it as ‘the poem to Coleridge’; but he also began it in the spirit of procrastination, deferring The Recluse, which he and Coleridge had started to plan while at Alfoxden. For many years Wordsworth resisted publishing The Prelude until he could actually begin and complete The Recluse, in a continuous cycle of poetic procrastination. When he published The Excursion, which was to be part of The Recluse, in 1814, Wordsworth explained in the Preface that he had completed an autobiographical poem that would have a relation to The Recluse ‘as the Anti-chapel [sic] has to the body of a gothic church’ (ix).
When he published The Excursion, which was to be part of The Recluse, in 1814, Wordsworth explained in the Preface that he had completed an autobiographical poem that would have a relation to The Recluse ‘as the Anti-chapel [sic] has to the body of a gothic church’ (ix). This is one reason his wife, Mary, gave the poem its title for posthumous publication—The Prelude; or Growth of a Poet’s Mind—as it serves as a kind of prelude to The Recluse. But it is also, as he explains in 1814, a ‘preparatory Poem’ that ‘conducts the history of the Author’s mind to the point when he was emboldened to hope that his faculties were sufficiently matured’ for such an ambitious project.