Preface to Lyrical Ballads Questions and Answers
by William Wordsworth

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Discuss Wordsworth's theory of poetry as propounded by him in his preface?  

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Wordsworth's famous quotation about the creation of poetry, states that poetry cannot be created at the moment that the poet encounters it.  Often this encounter is so intense, he feels he must capture it. Alas,  Wordsworth feels that beholding natural beauty stimulates the senses and distorts the perceptions.  This is why in his poem, "Daffodils," he explains that it is only after his encounter with a field of flowers, when he is lying on his couch remembering the experience, that he is able to recreate this image poetically.  In other words, his poem is "recollected in tranquility," not in the heat of sensory perception.

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