History of English Literature: A Set of 26 Objective Questions & Answers :
Critical Estimates of Romantic
criticism (William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Bysshe
Shelley, Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Wordsworth was primarily a poet and not a critic. He has left behind him no comprehensive treatise on Criticism. The bulk of his literary criticism is small yet "the core of his literary criticism is as inspired as his poetry".
- "He knew about poetry in the real sense, and he has not said even a single word about poetry", says Chapman, "which is not valuable, and worth thinking over". Also read the other set of A to Z (Objective Questions)
- Wordsworth's criticism is of far-reaching historical significance. When Wordsworth started, it was the Neo-classical criticism, which held the day-Wordsworth is the first critic to turn from the poetry to its substance; builds a theory of poetry, and gives an account of the nature of the creative process.