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CliffsNotes on Wordsworth's The Prelude describes the production of a poet, one that used to be pivotal in English letters. the final method in The Prelude is to checklist an adventure from the poet's prior after which to check its philosophical and mental importance and relate it to society at huge and to nature. certainly, the exceptional advantage of The Prelude is its resourceful interpretation of nature.

In this learn consultant, you will find existence and history at the writer, advent to the paintings, and important Commentaries on every one booklet of The Prelude. you are going to additionally discover a short Synopsis and significant Essays at the following:

  • Analysis of The Prelude
  • Wordsworth's Literary History
  • Wordsworth's Poetic Theory
  • A chosen bibliography
  • As good as advised assessment questions and essay topics

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He tells how he weeded out the dead expressions from the older poetic vocabulary and substituted the flesh-andblood language of the common person. Poetry and prose, he says, differ only as to presence or absence of rhyme; they do not differ as to language. For Wordsworth, the important thing was the emotion aroused by the poem, not the poem itself (hence his lukewarm regard for form). In the last analysis, a poem restimulated past emotion in the reader and promoted learning by using pleasure as a vehicle.

What Burns, Blake, and Cowper, his contemporaries, wanted to do and could not, he did. The neo-classically oriented writers of the so-called Augustan Age (1701 to about 1750), Swift, Gay, Addison and Steele, Pope, and to a lesser extent Richardson and Fielding, chose Latin authors of the time of the Pax Romana (hence the name Augustan) as their models. They admired Virgil and Horace for correctness of phrase and polished urbanity and grace. By contrast, Shakespeare they found crude. They wrote and criticized according to what they considered the proper and acceptable rules of taste.

Lastly, he pays tribute to Raisley Calvert, the friend who left the poet a small legacy when it was badly needed. He has come a long way. He likens his vision of his own past to that of a lark which has ascended on wing, and his satisfaction is to be heard throughout the poem, which he compares with the lark's song. He is uncertain whether his future efforts will justify this somewhat conceited and long personal history. He observes that, when those artistically stimulating ramblings around Bristol are recalled, the poem will be justified to Coleridge himself at any rate.

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