About this book

These poems are based on the work of William Wordsworth, from A Selection from the Sonnets of William Wordsworth with numerous illustrations by Alfred Parsons, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1890.

My poems on Wordsworth’s themes are reductionist, but I think each suggests something worthwhile. Leave aside Wordsworth’s flowery and poetic language and his sometimes torturous syntax, and you should still find the work of a genius.

On the cover is the frontispiece by Alfred Parsons from the 1890 edition. All illustrations inside, likewise, are the work of Alfred Parsons.

My title is derived from the poet’s name, “words” divided by “worth,” as a metaphor for poetry.

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The poet

Tom Sharp, self portrait

Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).

Tom Sharp’s initials