Why did Wordsworth use the language of the rustics in his poetry?

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The answer to this question is somewhat complex, as Wordsworth himself had a fair bit to say about it in his "Preface to Lyrical Ballads ." Wordsworth discusses his choice of language by first seeming to condemn the rather ostentatious style of his contemporaries, what he refers to as the "gaudiness and inane phraseology of many modern writers." He then gives a number of reasons for choosing to write about "humble and rustic life." He wishes to write about "the primary laws of our nature" and believes that through rustic living, "the essential...

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