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Pope's and Dryden's manner, wherein the mountains nod their drowsy head. From my very child hood, says Wordsworth, I have felt the false hood that pervades the volumes imposed upon the world under the name of Ossian. From what I saw with my own eyes, I knew that the imagery was spurious.
Add to these things, to simple everyday diction and close observation, a moral and philosophical purpose, all directed by poetical genius, and you have, in brief, Wordsworth's principles of poetry. He knew that he had genius: he was possessed of, he had dis covered, the principles, he had only to go out, look around on owers and hills, mark some incident of humble life, and poetry must be the inevitable pro duct, new poetry, which had to create its own public. The results, as he says, would be not unimportant in quantity, and in quantity they are important indeed. Every day Wordsworth could take a walk, could go booing through the woods, as the country people called his inspired murmurs, and could dictate the consequences of his booing to the ladies of his family. But his theory did not take into account that of which he was unconscious, the intermittence of his inspiration. It lasted in force during ten years, 1798 - 1808 3 then the Muse went away, except on very rare occasions, while the booing, dictating.
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First published in 1881, this biography explores the work of William Wordsworth (1770-1850). Arguing that Wordsworth's poems marked the transition from neoclassicism to romanticism in English verse, it reveals how his profound imagination and thought characterised the romantic era, and made a major contribution to English literary history.About the Author:
Sir Walter Raleigh was an English professor, actor, poet and writer. Born in London in 1861, Raleigh studied and lectured on English Literature for most of his life, teaching in India at Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, and at several universities in the United Kingdom, including University College Liverpool, Glasgow University, and Oxford University. At the outset of the First World War, Raleigh changed his career's focus from Romantic era literature and began covering topics relating to the war. Sir Walter Raleigh's best-known work is The War in the Air, which provided coverage on the Royal Air Force's efforts in the war. Raleigh died at the age of 61 from typhoid.
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