Discuss the similarity and difference between Wordsworth & Coleridge as Romantic poets.Please take excerpts from The Prelude, Kubla Khan, and Dejection.

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Although Wordsworth and Coleridge were both Romantic poets and personal friends, their style and approaches to literary composition differed. Wordsworth's "Prelude" is written in blank verse, using very simple colloquial language and emphasizing autobiographical subject matter. He tended to romanticize the beauties of the ordinary and everyday life.

Coleridge, on the other hand, in Kubla Khan, is using an irregular but rhymed ode form, taking as its subject matter a dream vision of an exotic eastern monarch. He is more of a Platonist than Wordsworth, evoking an ideal world of beauty created in the mind of the artist. His language and imagery are far more ornate than those of Wordsworth, and his work has greater overt literary and artisitc influences, and less emphasis on the pastoral and the daily life of rural England.

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Although Wordsworth and Coleridge were both Romantic poets and personal friends, their style and approaches to literary composition differed. Wordsworth's "Prelude" is written in blank verse, using very simple colloquial language and emphasizing autobiographical subject matter. He tended to romanticize the beauties of the ordinary and everyday life.

 

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