The Prelude was composed over a period of some forty years in different versions, none of which was published during the poet’s lifetime. It came to life out of a germ, an untitled sketch of a hun- dred and fifty lines, which was known for its 1798 incipit «Was it for this...?» (later shortened by criticism as the acronym WIFT): a suspended, cryptic question. By 1799 it had developed into two books, or Parts; it then expanded enormously into the thirteen books of the 1805 text, to amount, after further elaboration, to fourteen books in the 1850 version, which was published only af- ter Wordsworth’s death. The Prelude constitutes therefore a sort of palimpsest, made up of various manuscripts, none of which was submitted for publication by the author: a work in search of a final shape for its readership and undergoing continuous reconfig- uration.

Secret epiphanies in Wordsworth's _Prelude_

DELLAROSA, Franca
2006

Abstract

The Prelude was composed over a period of some forty years in different versions, none of which was published during the poet’s lifetime. It came to life out of a germ, an untitled sketch of a hun- dred and fifty lines, which was known for its 1798 incipit «Was it for this...?» (later shortened by criticism as the acronym WIFT): a suspended, cryptic question. By 1799 it had developed into two books, or Parts; it then expanded enormously into the thirteen books of the 1805 text, to amount, after further elaboration, to fourteen books in the 1850 version, which was published only af- ter Wordsworth’s death. The Prelude constitutes therefore a sort of palimpsest, made up of various manuscripts, none of which was submitted for publication by the author: a work in search of a final shape for its readership and undergoing continuous reconfig- uration.
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