Preface to Lyrical Ballads Questions and Answers
by William Wordsworth

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How does Wordsworth describe or define the ideal poet in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads?

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First, it should be observed that Wordsworth is basically justifying the contents of Lyrical Ballads in the Preface. He assumes that many readers will find the poems either excessively informal or even vulgar. Yet there is also a strong prescriptive element to his apologia, especially in his condemnation of poets who attempt to hide meanings rather than bringing them to the forefront. Wordsworth is suggesting that poets ought to turn to nature to find the sublime and universal...

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