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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth’s theory of poetry represents a radical departure from the standards of neoclassical verse. Neoclassical poets believed, among other things, that poetry should be written about noble,...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

According to William Wordsworth in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads, poets draw their subject matter from the passions and emotions of human beings, from the events of human life, and from the...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth's purpose is to explain the aesthetic concepts behind his poetry (and, to a lesser extent, that of Coleridge). In so doing, the Preface articulates how the poetry of the Romantics broke...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth wants the diction used in poetry to match the diction people use in their actual lives. He says that, in the volume which follows this preface, the reader will but rarely find abstract...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In stark contrast to his neoclassical predecessors, Wordsworth believed that emotions constitute the ultimate foundation of poetry. Neoclassical poets tended to distrust the emotions, seeing them...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth's "Preface" represents a radical break with eighteenth century neoclassical poetry. Such poetry emphasized the deeds of great men and allusions to works of classical antiquity. Instead...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth argues many things, one of which is that he cannot argue a proper defense of his poetry, "Poems so materially different from those [of] general approbation," in a space proportionate to...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Yes, the Preface to Lyrical Ballads can be understood as a manifesto of Romantic criticism. In it, Wordsworth lays out his vision for a new kind of poetry, a poetry that sets itself in opposition...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth wrote his introduction as a way of explaining why the poems in "Lyrical Ballads" were so different from popular poetry that had come before. As he says, there has been a general...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," Wordsworth argues that poetry is more closely united with the universal truth of human experience than with any other discipline (subject). He contrasts this truth...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads was first published in 1798. Co-authors William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge broke a lot of new ground and created a quite revolutionary text. Before what is termed the...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth in his “Preface” to the Lyrical Ballads, outlines a theory of poetry that involves a number of different assumptions, including the following: Pleasure in poetry results, in...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads helps to articulate and identify what Romanticism, as a movement, is. It is a declaration of sorts of what Wordsworth and Coleridge believe to be the...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

I would absolutely agree with the idea that we feel happier and more contented when we spend more time in nature—or the "vernal wood" as Wordsworth says—and this argument is certainly not unique to...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads Preface is probably one of the most frequently cited works in the history of English literature. In it, he seeks to establish new principles for evaluating and writing...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

For Wordsworth, the language of poetry should not differ from that of prose except in so far as poetry utilizes metrical forms (and optionally, rhyme). So, poetry is metrical, but should otherwise...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth believed that the proper subject of poetry was "situations from common life," and that poetic language should resemble the language that was "really used by men." His purpose as a poet,...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth explicitly sets out to write verse in the kind of language used by ordinary people. This was a radical departure from the prevailing Neo-Classical orthodoxy, which held that poetry...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In answering this question it's important to understand the context in which Wordsworth and Coleridge wrote Lyrical Ballads. At that time, in the late eighteenth century, English poetry was...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In his "Preface" to the Lyrical Ballads (1802), William Wordsworth lays out many of the ideas often associated with Romanticism in English poetry. Among those ideas are the following: an emphasis...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Samuel Johnson had a neo classical style and it was thus peculiar that he found an affinity with Wordsworth's Romanticism.However, the simplicity that he found in Wordsworth who believed that the...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth's primay contribution as a critic of culture in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads is to question blind convention and conformity in the production of literature. When Wordsworth...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth's theory of poetry as explained in his preface to Lyrical Ballads is based on several propositions. Poetry, Wordsworth argued, ought to arouse strong, profound feelings in the reader....

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth took a unique approach to poetic diction. Essentially, he argued in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads that poetic diction should be no different than that used in prose, or even in everyday...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth's poem "I wandered lonely as a cloud" is one of the best examples of the principles that he presents in his "Preface to Lyrical Ballads." In the Preface, Wordsworth states that...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In the Preface, Wordsworth argues that both the man of science and the poet seek happiness through seeking truth. However, Wordsworth states that the truth the man of science seeks is remote,...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

William Wordsworth was one of many great writers strongly influenced by Aristotle's Poetics. Though Wordsworth consciously sought to break free from what he saw as the stifling restriction of...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Although it seems commonplace now, Wordsworth was adopting a radical stance for his time in focusing on humble and rustic life in his poems in Lyrical Ballads. Therefore, he feels he needs to...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

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...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

As is expressed in the existing educator answer, Wordsworth, in his "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," proposed to utilize "incidents and situations from common life" in "language really used by men" in...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth viewed Lyrical Ballads (a collection of poems by Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge) as a manifesto for a new style of poetry. His preface, which has become at least as famous as the...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In his Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth labors over the meaning behind poetry and how it relates to humanity at large. He believes that it is intrinsic in poetry to exclude some individuals...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

While Wordsworth is not setting out a complete poetic defense wherein he defines his aesthetic ("I have therefore altogether declined to enter regularly upon this defence"), it is true that in the...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth's Preface to the Lyrical Ballads (1800) is one of, if not the, most important statements of the Romantic Period poets about how poetry should be composed and what its subjects should be....

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In the "Preface to Lyrical Ballads" Wordsworth discusses the pleasure we receive from the deployment of regular metrical language in a poem. This is Wordsworth's way of reassuring his readers that...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

To a great extent, I believe that the Preface to Lyrical Ballads does operate as a type of manifesto, or declaration, as to the purpose of Romanticism. Wordsworth understood clearly that the...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2013, 11:13 am (UTC)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Wordsworth makes many claims about the nature of poetry as an art form in the preface to his book Lyrical Ballads. To Wordsworth, poetry must be reflective of the experience of common people and is...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

I think that Wordsworth's most significant belief in suggesting that there exists an incompatibility between science and poetry was as a response to the Age of Reason's approach to poetic...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

In 1802, William Wordsworth tried to explain his views on poetry. He tried to explain how poetry functions and the nature of the craft itself. Wordsworth also attempted to qualify and explain what...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

I find it helpful to consider the Preface as a sort of "statement of intent" where Wordsworth explains what he hopes to achieve in his poetry and what he believes all poets should strive for in...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

The preface to Lyrical Ballads sets out nothing less than a revolutionary manifesto for the transformation of poetry. Both in terms of style and content, Wordsworth puts forwards a radical vision...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Personally I find the writings of Coleridge more compelling than those of Wordsworth in these two texts. This is because Coleridge explores the claims of Wordsworth and successfully and...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2013, 6:10 am (UTC)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

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...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Like many of his contemporaries, William Wordsworth’s concerns for humanity included the loss of a love of nature, the inherent inequality of life in England, and the perceived failures of the...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Discourse--how we use language--determines how history itself plays out. Wordsworth recognizes that discourse both influences history and is influenced by social change, and is thus inseparable...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2015, 7:19 pm (UTC)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems was published in 1798. It was written by both William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who were great friends and colleagues. As the poets themselves...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Much of the basis of Romanticism is brought out in Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads. For example, when Wordsworth argues that poetry must "choose incidents and situations from common life,"...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2010, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

I find it interesting that Wordsworth appears so humble in the preface. The most fascinating part of the preface, for me, is this line. Several of my Friends are anxious for the success of...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2012, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Thomas Pfau is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of English & Professor and Chair of German and Director of Graduate Studies of the Carolina-Duke Program in German at Duke. The main focus of his...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Pfau articulates the main point of Section 4, which is also his concluding argument for the entire essay, at the end: Thus the 1800 Preface implicates both romanticism and modernism in the...

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