Dejection: An Ode By S. Wordsworth

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Critical appreciation of Dejection: An Ode by S.T Coleridge
Romanticism
Romanticism is a movement of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that marked the reaction in literature, art, philosophy and religion. Basically, it is an artistic and intellectual movement emphasizing inspiration, subjectivity and the primacy of the individual.
Coleridge vs Wordsworth (philosophy of nature)
Coleridge and Wordsworth, both romantic poets talk about nature in their works. They produced the collective work in form of Lyrical Ballad. But they both use different lenses to view nature. For Wordsworth living in nature and its beauty is the only way to escape from materialistic world. Melancholic relation with nature enables the man to build a connection with his spiritual and social world. In his book ‘The Prelude’ he is showing us how a love of nature can lead to a love of humankind. For him nature is not only beautiful but he believes nature has healing power, nature is sublime and eternal. Wordsworth says; Poetry is the spontaneous over flow of powerful emotions. And he believes nature has power to stir the thoughts too deep. While for Coleridge, Poetry is best words in their best order. For him nature is something to preserve. He believes that nature has nothing to offer us, it has all beauty given by us. He says, feeling of joy, happiness all come out of our insight rather than nature.
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Dejection an ode by Samuel Taylor Coleridge is
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