Excerpt from Wordsworth, Select Poems; Scott, the Lady Scion the Lake: Edited With Introductions and Annotations
The text of the Poems has been taken from authoritative editions, chieﬂy authors' editions. As far as possible, the history of the text through its revisions has been given by means of a list of variant readings, which are of interest to readers and of some use in the study of literary expression. Care has been taken to cite, at times, the sources of poetical passages, not only that a clearer sense of poetic excellence may be attained, but also that an insight may be afforded into some phases of poetic composition.
The Appendix contains many poems that will serve as useful comparisons to the Selections in the main, however, it is designed merely as a collection of poetry suitable for literary study, without the aid of notes or other critical apparatus.
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