Coleridge was both "awed and humbled by his friend's great achievement". Coleridge's Biographia Literaria was the first serious criticism of Wordsworth 's work, recognizing the beauties of the work, while recognizing that some of Wordsworth 's "claims for the poet's job were simply ludicrous". Integrated pictures and text.
Emotion, Imagination and Complexity The 19th century was heralded by a major shift in the conception and emphasis of literary art and, specifically, poetry. During the 18th century the catchphrase of literature and art was reason.
Logic and rationality took precedence in any form of written expression. Ideas of validity and aesthetic beauty were centered around concepts such as the collective "we" and the eradication of passion in human behavior.
In all of those ideas about literature were challenged by the publication of Lyrical Ballads, which featured the poetry of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Wordsworth and Coleridge both had strong, and sometimes conflicting, opinions about what constituted well-written poetry.
Their ideas were centered around the origins of poetry in the poet and the role of poetry in the world, and these theoretical concepts led to the creation of poetry that is sufficiently complex to support a wide variety of critical readings in a modern context.
Wordsworth wrote a preface to Lyrical Ballads in which he puts forth his ideas about poetry. His conception of poetry hinges on three major premises. Wordsworth asserts that poetry is the language of the common man: To this knowledge which all men carry about with them, and to these sympathies in which without any other discipline than that of our daily life we are fitted to take delight, the poet principally directs his attention.
Wordsworth eschews the use of lofty, poetic diction, which in his mind is not related to the language of real life. He sees poetry as acting like Nature, which touches all living things and inspires and delights them.
Wordsworth calls for poetry to be written in the language of the "common man," and the subjects of the poems should also be accessible to all individuals regardless of class or position. Wordsworth also makes the points that "poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: These two points form the basis for Wordsworth's explanation of the process of writing poetry.
First, some experience triggers a transcendent moment, an instance of the sublime. The senses are overwhelmed by this experience; the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" leaves an individual incapable of articulating the true nature and beauty of the event. It is only when this emotion is "recollected in tranquility" that the poet can assemble words to do the instance justice.
It is necessary for the poet to have a certain personal distance from the event or experience being described that he can compose a poem that conveys to the reader the same experience of sublimity.
With this distance the poet can reconstruct the "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" the experience caused within himself. Wordsworth's critical ideas are manifested in his writing.
He uses the language and subjects of the common man to convey his ideas. These lines show that Wordsworth places little stock in the benefit of education or institutionalized wisdom.
He implies that any person with exposure to Nature can learn the secrets of the world, regardless of social or economic considerations.Franz Liszt was born to Anna Liszt (née Maria Anna Lager) and Adam Liszt on 22 October , in the village of Doborján (German: Raiding) in Sopron County, in the Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire.
Liszt's father played the piano, violin, cello and guitar. He had been in the service of Prince Nikolaus II Esterházy and knew Haydn, . Blake's themes are also more to do with society, but Wordsworth's are based around nature and spiritual reflection.
These differences are probably partly due to Blake's living in London, and Wordsworth's living in the countryside - as seen in the different settings of their poems.
- Comparison between William Blake and William Wordsworth’s Views of London William Blake grew up in the slums of London and this is shown in his poem, he wrote his poem in the slums and back alleys of London as he never had very much money. · In class we developed a list of similarities and differences between Blake’s romanticism and that of Wordsworth and Coleridge.
Lord Byron and the Romantic “Byronic Hero” · Lord Byron, as a poet, was a dashing public figure, a celebrity. Also, Wordsworth's use of a more visual representation of the London lifestyle contrasts with Blake's more auditory descriptions.
Both of these authors had different styles, but one thing was certain in their writings, London was a despicable place.5/5(1). The Occult Review (UK Edn) (incorporating 'The London Forum' Sept to April ) London Ralph Shirley.