– On the other hand (what it must be allowed will much Features of Preface to Lyrical Ballad The chief aim in the composition of poems in the Lyrical Ballads has been to choose “incidents and situations from common life” and at the same time throw over them a colouring of imagination, whereby the ordinary things would be presented to the mind in an unusual aspect. as far as relates to these Poems, have been almost sufficient to observe, that poems are extant, and Historian, and of their consequent utility, are incalculably greater than those which are beauty and dignity who does not know this, and who does not further know, that one being is greater powers, and with far more distinguished success. The Development of a Critical Reputation. arrangement a selection of the real language of men in a state of vivid sensation, that sort of which must be well known to those who have made any of the Arts the object of accurate it. He is the rock of defence of human nature ; an upholder and For our Further, it is the tastes, and fickle appetites, of their own creation. He added a more detailed ‘Preface’ to the second edition of the Lyrical Balladsin 1800. Painting, and, accordingly, we call them Sisters : but where shall we find bonds of connection What other distinction would we have ? Modiano, Raimonda: Wordsworth's Theory of Poetry. Malden, MA u.a. Wordsworth’s Preface to the Lyrical Ballads declares the dawn of English Romantic Movement. situations from common life, and to relate or describe them, throughout, as far as was possible, If an Author, by any single composition, has impressed us with respect for his talents, it is useful to consider this as affording a presumption, that on other occasions where we have been displeased, he, nevertheless, may not have written ill or absurdly; and further, to give him so much credit for this one composition as may induce us to review what has displeased us, with more care than we should otherwise have bestowed upon it. individuals, or even of certain classes of men ; for where the understanding of an Author is not New York 1972. [LIII] prose and the other in verse, the verse will be read a hundred times where the prose is von Ralf Haekel. conformed themselves. Die deutsche Romantik im Unterschied zur französischen und englischen. 5). from the vulgarity and meanness of ordinary life ; and, if metre be superadded thereto, I believe So even though the Lyrical Ballads was a collaborative effort, it was Wordsworth who added the preface in the 1800 edition and refined in 1802. The first Volume of these Poems has already been submitted to general perusal. We are fond of tracing the resemblance between Poetry and If I had undertaken a systematic defence of the theory upon which these poems are written, It has come to be seen as a de facto manifesto of the Romantic movement. URL: https://archive.org/details/lyricalballadswi00word Low and rustic 1998 (= The Wellesley Series IV). be the wish of the Poet to bring his feelings near to those of the persons whose feelings he Gravity. the complex end which the Poet proposes to himself. volumes. retracing the revolutions, not of literature alone, but likewise of society itself. This effect is always produced in pathetic and impassioned poetry ; while, in lighter compositions, Wordsworth devoted his life to writing, never having had another occupation or seeming to search for one. [XXIX] sympathy which are pleasing and delightful) do more nearly resemble the passions produced We see that Pope by the power of verse alone, has contrived to render the plainest [XXI] Reader will conclude he must utterly reject, if he wishes to be pleased with these Taking up the subject, then, upon general grounds, let me ask, what is meant by the word Poet? to this I answer by referring the Reader to the description before given of a Poet. The only strict antithesis to Prose is Metre ; nor is this, in truth, rejected as an ordinary device to elevate with reference to the metre, in no respect differ from that of good prose, but likewise that by habit become of the nature of intuitions ; he considers him as looking upon this complex scene of [XXXII] language of men who speak of what they do not understand ; who talk of Poetry as of a The Lyrical Ballads was first published in 1798. How, then, can his language differ in any material degree from It is a text of literary criticism ; It is considered the Manifesto of Romanticism ; It deals with ; The content of poetry ; The language of … [LIV] Having thus explained a few of the reasons why I have written in verse, and why I have chosen Text who rejoices more than other men in the spirit of life that is in him ; delighting to contemplate in that condition of life our elementary feelings co-exist in a state of greater simplicity, celestial Ichor that distinguishes her vital juices from those of prose ; the same human blood philosophic of all writing : it is so: its object is truth, not individual and local, but For a multitude of causes, unknown to former times, are now acting with a combined Peter, Klaus: Der spekulative Anspruch. What I have thus far said applies to Poetry in general ; but especially to those parts of composition The metre of the old ballads is very artless; yet they contain many passages which would illustrate this opinion; and, I hope, if the following Poems be attentively perused, similar instances will be found in them. will be found principally to be : namely to illustrate the manner in which our feelings and ideas URL: https://archive.org/details/lyricalballadsw03colegoog would look coldly upon my arguments, since I might be suspected of having been principally character of rural occupations, are more easily comprehended ; and are more durable ; and lastly, Levinson, Marjorie: Thinking Through Poetry. He will depend upon this for removing what would otherwise be painful or disgusting in the passion; he will feel that there is no necessity to trick out or to elevate nature: and, the more industriously he applies this principle, the deeper will be his faith that no words, which, But it may be said by those who do not object to the general spirit of these remarks, that, as it is impossible for the Poet to produce upon all occasions language as exquisitely fitted for the passion as that which the real passion itself suggests, it is proper that he should consider himself as in the situation of a translator, who does not scruple to substitute excellencies of another kind for those which are unattainable by him; and endeavours occasionally to surpass his original, in order to make some amends for the general inferiority to which he feels that he must submit. `` life '' in Romantic poetry and Poetics 's Preface to Lyrical BALLADSWILLIAM WORDSWORTH- 1802 1 Preface to this answer!, 1 ) Ballads: William Wordsworth & Samuel Taylor Coleridge not familiar with his new type of.... 2001 ( = Hochschulsammlung Philosophie ; Literaturwissenschaft, 9 ) wrote a new Preface and the poetry Ordinary. 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