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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Wordsworth Narrator: Mark Meadows Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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Lyrical Ballads features a selection of poems from Wordsworth and Coleridge's 1798 collaboration, which marked the beginning of the English Romantic poetry movement.

In the first episode, we hear Coleridge's Lewti and Wordsworth's The Thorn, while the second episode showcases Coleridge's The Nightingale and Wordsworth's Lucy poems. In the final episode, we hear Wordsworth's Lines Written A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey and Coleridge's pseudo-medieval ballad, Love.

The poems are expertly read by Julius D'Silva, Mark Meadows, and Peter Gruffyd. This selection was adapted and produced by Emma Harding.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 2/14/2014

    " I must say I prefer Wordsworth's contributions to Coleridge's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 2/9/2014

    " What hasn't been said about Wordsworth? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sashi Bankova | 2/8/2014

    " While we studied Wordsworth and Coleridge at the University I deeply hated their works. Every time I had to analyze some piece of writing I was at a loss, but after we were through with the Romaticism classes I found a copy of the Lyrical Ballads translated in Bulgarian by a student in my University who has recently graduated (or I think so) and edited by my professor. Therefore, I thought it would give me another perspective of the Lyrical Ballads. Needless to say, I loved it :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/2/2014

    " I know this is a bit of a poncey-English-student choice but I have grown to love this collection. When I first started studying it for my A-levels, I hated it, but once I started to understand the innovation behind it, the poems began to take on new meaning and are not only beautiful but also surprisingly relevant. If you think Wordsworth is all about Daffodils (I hate that poem), then think again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rand Hooks | 1/31/2014

    " Always fun to see how century old perspectives still apply to today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ke Huang | 1/22/2014

    " As a reader who also happens to be engaged with modernist writers, I would say that romantic poetry appears elementary. That said, the works are exquisite and I am glad to have gotten this perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evan Snyder | 1/20/2014

    " Although I like nature, which Wordsworth goes on about ad infinitem, I found Wordsworth himself to be rather bossy, which diminished my enjoyment of his writings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/21/2013

    " The Rime of the Ancient Maryner is one of the best poems I've ever read. The rest of the book is pretty awesome, but still I prefer Coleridge to Wordsworth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 11/21/2013

    " A very strange collection. I don't really see the links between the poems, or why they form a collection at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aphotic | 10/25/2013

    " Romantics just ain't really my dig. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/7/2013

    " I kind of got into it after one of my classmates (who is also named John but who is sexier than me) told me what Wordsworth was trying to do with time and space and death. But it is still totally not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Klefstad | 10/1/2013

    " Of course these are wonderful. If only he'd died a little younger, like a good lyric poet . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A.E. | 9/19/2013

    " I don't know...I can just totally relate to having bearded men with anochronistic accents and smokey-pale eyes coming up to me at weddings and going on and on about some bird they shot then wore around their neck. It's like I was 22 all over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charity | 6/29/2013

    " I love the beauty of the imagery that only Wordsworth in capable of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 4/24/2013

    " Well as much of it as I need to. Still less painful than The Prelude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 4/1/2013

    " William Wordsworth is my new hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 3/31/2013

    " Perhaps I'll write more later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 3/15/2013

    " Some high notes (Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Nightingale, a few others). A very nice read for when you can sit outside with nothing to do for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jimmi | 2/16/2013

    " The insecure, oft-forgot poetical wanderings of Coleridge still trumping the turncoat Wordsworth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 12/3/2012

    " This one is embarrassing for me. I read this in college and smugly thought Wordsworth to be a lightweight. What a joke. He's up there with the best. The calm and honest tone of many of the poems wasn't suited to my overwrought (and dishonest) 20 year old soul. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/23/2012

    " Wow. "Tintern Abbey" is such a fantastic poem. The others are only okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 10/29/2012

    " an all time classic every educated person should read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Jackson | 10/29/2012

    " I had to read some of the poems for uni and I decided to read them all. The poems included in this collection were all beautifully done :) Some of my favourites include "We Are Seven" and "Lines left upon a Seat in a Yew-tree." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria Flamenco | 8/17/2012

    " I know it's a crime for an English major, but I can't stand the Romantic poets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsty | 7/24/2012

    " I've finally read some Wordsworth! Some of these poems were absolutely lovely, but I still much prefer Keats and Tennyson. "

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About the Author
Author William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth (1770–1850) was an influential English poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the Romantic Age of English literature with the 1798 joint publication of Lyrical Ballads. He was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850.

About the Narrator

Mark Meadows is an actor and audiobook narrator. He can be heard on the radio broadcasts of Lost Souls and The Worst Journey in the World, both first aired for BBC Radio. On television, he has appeared as Reverend Wallace in EastEnders. He also has extensive credits as a composer and arranger.