For Wordsworth poetic composition was a primary mode of expression; prose was secondary. In Book Fourteenth of The Prelude, climbing to the top of a mountain in Wales allows the speaker to have a prophetic vision of the workings of the mind as it thinks, reasons, and feels. You've read this far; you care. This sampling, presented in order of publication, offers a glimpse of how, in both form and content, his work expanded the notion of what was possible in poetry. He realizes that duty, though stern, is also graceful and divinely beautiful and hence he is willing to serve it more strictly. The work of Coleridge and Wordsworth is also rhetorically constructed to express their critical theories, which a pragmatic reading of the text would pick up. William attended the grammar school near Cockermouth Church and Ann Birkett's school at Penrith, the home of his maternal grandparents.
It is important to remember when reading the preface that it both chronologically and logically follows the composition of most of the poems. Returning to England in October, Wordsworth was awarded a pass degree from Cambridge in January 1791, spent several months in London, and then traveled to Jones's parents' home in North Wales. Unlike his predecessors, he rebels against their form of poetry by presenting a different format. Wordsworth defines poetry as the spontaneous overflow of the powerful feelings. Although they had some different theoretical opinions, both of them succeeded at making poetry that is complex and dense enough to withstand two centuries of analysis, and modern critical practice has not yet fully distilled the potential meaning to be found in their work. Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang As if her song could have no ending; I saw her singing at her work, And o'er the sickle bending;-- I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more.
The poet also describes the real incidents that we are facing daily. Logan, Wordsworthian Criticism: A Guide and Bibliography Columbus: Ohio State University, 1947; reprinted, New York: Gordian, 1974. 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. This is why their poetry is still read and analyzed. Stam, Wordsworthian Criticism 1945-64: An Annotated Bibliography New York: New York Public Library, 1965.
Thompson, Wordsworth's Hawkshead, edited by Robert Woof New York: Oxford University Press, 1970. Their relationship to nature is passionate and extreme: children feel joy at seeing a rainbow but great terror at seeing desolation or decay. By this time, his relationship with Annette Vallon had become known to his English relatives, and any further opportunity of entering the Church was foreclosed. He also refers to the gaudiness of his predecessor's poetry, in terms of intricate vocabulary and, innate literary themes and techniques. I actually don't believe much in copyright. Re-readability is the hallmark of good literature and of the sublime.
Moreover, by the power of his creative imagination, the poet creates significant images to sharp our senses ad sensibilities, and to enhance our knowledge about life. Certainly forms of psychoanalytical criticism would have much to say about Wordsworth's constant overflow of emotion and Coleridge's chemically altered imagination. Tintern Abbey is situated in the village of Tintern in Monmouthshire, on the Welsh bank of the River Wye. But the villagers are very simple and free from social vanity. Excerpt:- Oh there is blessing in this gentle breeze, A visitant that while it fans my cheek Doth seem half-conscious of the joy it brings From the green fields, and from yon azure sky. Coleridge focused mainly on imagination as the key to poetry.
He should feel what others feel and accordingly he should describe the common feelings and passions. Politically, Wordsworth had completely transformed himself; poetically, he repeated earlier formulas and began rearranging his poems in a seemingly infinite sequence of thematically organized volumes. A similar kind of incident triggers the poet to visit the past experiences stored in the unexplored regions of his mind. Mimetic forms of criticism, including contemporary Platonists and Aristotelians, could offer observations about how the poetry of Wordsworth seeks to imitate Nature and the effects of Nature on the individual. Wordsworth defines a poet as a man of more comprehensive soul.
This period follows the rediscovery of Longinus' ideas about the sublime, which describe how rhetorical structure is used to gain the same feeling of transcendence as Nature promotes. It contains elements of the ode, the dramatic monologue and the conversation poem. He makes use of primary imagination in his work, because it is the kind of imagination he values most, and avoids secondary imagination or fancy as much as possible. He describes them by selection of incidents and situations of common life. Wordsworth was at first somewhat reluctant to accept the patronage, but he accepted, and on 8 January 1813 he wrote to acknowledge receipt of payment.
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. In December he met and fell in love with Annette Vallon, and at the beginning of 1792 he became the close friend of an intellectual and philosophical army officer, Michel Beaupuy, with whom he discussed politics. Indeed, Wordsworth is continually inspired and led into transcendent moments by his experiences in Nature. He writes as a release from his worries and fears. Zall Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1966.