In his preface to the Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth describes his poetry as originating in a "spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings," which sounds similar to the spirit animating the literature of sensibility. At the same time, Wordsworth makes clear his contempt for the poetry of sensibility (witness his attack on Gray).
Wordsworth immediately to prevent readers that his poems are experiences (experiments), tests and experiments aimed at redefining poetic communication between men against false dignity, usurped and hierarchical poetry called "cultured". With Coleridge in Biographia Literaria, we can highlight the ambiguity of terms like "best items" objects "elementary" language (Wordsworth, Samuel, p. n.d). Why Wordsworth reports he the reader need to purify or cleanse the rural language "simple" to achieve poetry? What is the idea behind this repetition? In fact, Wordsworth already experiencing a number of difficulties to name and achieve "the plain language of men”. In Biographia Literaria in 1817-1818, Coleridge highlight difficulties identifying the man, identify the language, identify the single and identify the identity of the three as poetic people like this incarnation political ideal living and speaking in a lifetime prose poetry made its land (Wordsworth, Samuel, p. n.d).
When the Lyrical Ballads appeared, for the first time in 1798 (Coleridge and Wordsworth work, but especially the latter) these poems surprised the public with its new and innovative tone, and this brought the book (which would enlarge to two volumes after the first edition) success and controversy. “Was that "poetry?", said those who were still mandatory Baroque or Neoclassical (Wordsworth, Samuel, p. n.d). This was the first cry of what we call English romantic poetry and would complement at European-speaking-German poems with other poets of the time (Holderlin, of course) i.e. bear romantic poetry.
The surprise caused these poems-the uniqueness of his tone made William Wordsworth (1770-1850) drafted the preface to the second edition and the addendum to the third (very complementary) to be considered as a mandatory romantic-and had still-enormous influence on contemporary Western poetry. Wordsworth defined poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions" (the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings). From there, Wordsworth concludes that pleasure that every poem should produce-emerged in the way of the intense emotions that must move away from what he calls "poetic diction" (lyrical rhetoric Baroque and Neoclassicism) for the poetic language, looking at the sources, colloquial language and return to the facts of daily life (Wordsworth, Samuel, p. n.d). "So the main goal, he says, that I proposed in these poems was to choose events and situations of ordinary life and recount or describe them all, so far as possible, through a selection of language that people use in real life" (Wordsworth, Samuel, p. n.d).
English Romanticism in the first generation, between 1800 and 1818, the debate about the use of prose in poetry, Preface to Lyrical Ballads to the texts of the Biographia Literaria of Coleridge fit into the aesthetic and controversies policies of the time. The emphasis on the prose of "humble" refers to the defense of ...