Assistant Professor, Department of English, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.
Wordsworth is the leader of the Romantic age. He is an icon who symbolises romantic era. Wordsworth’s Prelude is considered to be a magnum opus of all his works. Wordsworth was first a poet than a critic. He gave more importance to feelings than thought. He believed in a simple way of life. He was not in favour of reason and intellect. He believed that poetry should be of breath and a greater spirit. He used the country language for common men and women. He rejected theoretical and conceptual ideas and artificial metaphors. His main aim was to make the reader understand the difference of his theme and style which did not exist earlier. He attached immature and flamboyance phraseology. His poetry was all for human life. The purpose was poetry was to give pleasure. Wordsworth in his theory of criticism of poetry talks about poetry; its subject matter, language, style, and the duty of a poet. The paper covers the view of Wordsworth related to poetry as expressed in Preface to Lyrical Ballads.
wordsworth, romantic, theory, poetry, spirit, human life, lyrical ballads
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To cite this article
Piyushbala. (2020). Wordsworth and his Theory of Poetry. John Foundation Journal of EduSpark, 2(2), 28-37.