English Literature: Literature Review Of William Wordsworth

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CHAPTER 2 LITERATURE REVIEW 2.1 Literature Review William Wordsworth holds the mantle for being one of the finest and greatest poet in English Literature amongst Romantic poets such as Shelley, Byron, Coleridge, Keats etc. All due to his affinity for all things nature. In fact, it can be said with utter confidence, that his poetry is indeed characterized by nature itself. Which in not at all surprising, considering his upbringing was in a house on the banks of a river. Thus since childhood, nature permeated his consciousness and he learned to appreciate the grandeur of nature in all its glory. His fluid style of writing only further enhances his affinity for all things concerned with nature. The literature of Wordsworth’s era is at times rife with element of despair and cynicism, something that he chose to transform through his approach to poetry. William Wordsworth himself gave an immortal definition of poetry: “The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility” (Preface to the lyrical ballad, Wordsworth,) Coleridge praising Wordsworth’s poetry stated: ‘It is the union of deep feeling with profound thought, the fine balance of truth of observation, with the imaginative faculty in modifying the objects observed; above all the original gift of spreading the tone, the atmosphere, and with it the depth and height of the ideal world around forms, incidents and situations, of which for the common view, customs had bedimmed
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