According to Coleridge, what distinct types of poetry did Wordsworth agree to include in "Lyrical Ballads?"

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In Biographia Literaria, Coleridge's essay written in 1815, he offers a critique of Wordsworth's poetry and Lyrical Ballads. While the "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," written by Wordsworth in 1800, explained the philosophy Wordsworth and Coleridge used in writing their poems, Wordsworth's preface to the second edition of Lyrical Ballads did not really address the two distinct types of poetry the volume was meant to contain. Coleridge explains that as the two friends, neighbors, and collaborators were planning their joint volume of poetry, they agreed that Coleridge would focus on writing poems containing "incidents and agents [that] were to be, in part at least, supernatural." Wordsworth, on the other hand, would write the "second class" of poetry, and in his poems, the "subjects were to be chosen from ordinary life." 

Thus the plan of Lyrical...

(The entire section contains 403 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on