William Wordsworth's Use Of Sublime In Poetry

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William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron are the most famous romantic poets who used sublime in their works. Each poet used the sublime in a different way from the other, but for them all, the sublime reflects the effect of Nature on them and they depicted what they felt through their works. Starting with Wordsworth, he defined poetry as “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility” (263). Hence, the use of sublime can be understood from Wordsworth’s definition of poetry. Wordsworth is popular with his use of sublime in most of his works. “Daffodils” is a perfect example of the use of sublime in Wordsworth’s works. Also, The Prelude and “Tintern…show more content…
The last example from Wordsworth’s works is “Tintern Abbey”. The opening and last lines in “Tintern Abbey” are alike. It is said that Wordsworth wrote the whole poem in his head first then he started to write it down. The following is as an excerpt from the poem, mainly the opening and the last lines: Five years have past; five summers, with the length Of five long winters! and again I hear These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs With a soft inland murmur.—Once again Do I behold these steep and lofty cliff (Lines 1-4). That after many wanderings, many years Of absence, these steep woods and lofty cliffs, And this green pastoral landscape… (Lines 156-158). The repetition of the words ‘lofty’ and ‘cliff’ and the presence of the ‘s’ sound reaches the senses of the reader and those sounds are associated with the
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