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Wordsworth Not Only Democratized But Revolutionized English Poetry: Critical Overview of Preface to Lyrical Ballads

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"Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished." William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850) British poet. Lyrical Ballads (2nd ed.)
Wordsworth was the chief spokesman of the Romantic Movement. HisPreface to Lyrical Balladssays M.H. Abraham has been one of the most discussed and influential of all critical essays. “In the preface Wordsworth tried to overflow the basic theory, as well as the practice of non-classical poetry and also sought to defend and justify the new kind of poetry that he himself and Coleridge were writing.”
In the PrefaceWordsworth says that his principle object in the Preface is to choose incidents and situations from common life and to relate or describe them throughout as far as was possible in a selection really used by man, and at the same time to throw over theory a certain colouring of imagination. Where by ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual aspec…

Post Chaucerian Barrenness in English Literature

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The literature of the fifteenth century is comparatively barren in production, and there are no any poets or prose-writer in consequence. There is a steep decline in poetry even in the hands of the English and Scottish Chaucereans. By that time that freshness of Chaucer, in the fields of characterization; narration and versification was come to an end. Chaucer’s great name and fame disciples like Lydgate, Langland, Dunbar, Skelton, Occleve, Barclay, Hawes etc. were also unable to keep the freshness of poetry   of their master. There is a marked decadence in style. In Chaucer’s great disciples the spirit of poetic imagination and phrasings always lacked. Their metres were merely decrial: Compared with master, their works seemed sheer childish. In the sphere of prose there is a little progress, though the prose of the fifteenth century is better man the prose of the preceding age. Several factors are responsible for the barrenness of literary production in this age. The War of Roses:The…

William Shakespeare’s “Measure For Measure” as a Dark Comedy With The Deus Ex Machina Dramatic Functionary Of Duke

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Measure for Measure is one of the dark comedies or problem plays of Shakespeare. In this group of plays, we find Shakespeare confronted with some practical problems of life— generally with the problem of evil in daily life—and we find him also trying for a comic solution but net often getting it. As a result, the comedy gets rather dark and an atmosphere of cynicism seems to emerge. In the present play, the thesis seems to build up round the problem of combining authority with mercy and justice for the purpose of eradicating the evils of a corrupt society.
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