How does "We Are Seven" relate to the "Preface" of the Lyrical Ballads?
This poem is a perfect example of what Wordsworth and Coleridge set out to do in their groundbreaking work of poetry, Lyrical Ballads. As the "Preface" to this work explains, what they aimed to achieve was writing poetry in an everyday language, as opposed to the rather elevated and elaborate language used prior to this, and focusing on the everyday and the mundane as the topic of their poetry. Although they deliberately chose rustic and "natural" characters and situations, they nonetheless imbued such humdrum scenes with an unusual method of presentation to help the audience see these sights with different eyes. Note how Wordsworth explained this in the "Preface":
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