Lyrical Ballads Analysis

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Literary ballads is considered the seminal inspirational work of literary romanticism in Britain. The publication of Lyrical Ballads represented a turning point for English poetry. Though the book was not originally received as a radical experiment, it was rather controversial for its time. Being released straight during the French revolution which was seen as a social experiment in itself. Coleridge encouraged Wordsworth to write a preface to Lyrical Ballads which would explain the work contained within the collection.
The phrase experimental originated from Wordsworth himself and the preface gave him the opportunity to explain and defend the rather radical work to the readers. Wordsworth expressed concern on how lyrical ballads would be
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We learn that two of her siblings are deceased. Thought she has only four siblings left alive, the child insists that there are seven of them in total. The men tries to undermine the girl, telling her that the dead don’t count. Towards the end of the poem we come to realise that both the child and the man have different views on death. He begins to respect the girl’s conversational skills and that she can argue against him, regardless of her appearance and age. The narrator starts to respect her thinking process and is complimentary towards her. Giving her an air of sophistication and beauty regardless of her wild and uncivilised appearance. This poem solidifies Wordsworth’s thinking towards making the ordinary beautiful. His admiration and respect towards someone who normally would not receive it, again reminds his audience to be more open minded and tolerant towards those they would usually deem as outsiders or…show more content…
His poetry involved around low and rustic aspects of life and nature. Coleridge’s writing style was very different. He himself preferred imagination, and liked to write about the supernatural. ‘The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere’ is a perfect example of this style of writing and is deemed as one of the most radical poems in the collection. And is the only poem within the collection without a clear moral message. Unlike the usual modern language in the rest of the collection. The poem can be seen as experimental in its use of archaic language. It was so experimental in fact that he feared that it would discourage
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