Wordsworth’s theory of poetic diction

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Wordsworth’s theory of poetic diction

  1. 1. Topic: Wordsworth’s theory of poetic diction Paper: 3 Paper Name: Literary Theory & Criticism Name: Patel Kinjal Roll No: 18 Class: M.A. 1 SEM- 1 Year:2013 Submitted to: S.B. Gardi Department of English Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University (Gujarat – India)
  2. 2. Introduction William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was primarily a poet and not a critic. However his views on poetry are extremely important and can be found in the preface to the Lyrical Ballads 1802. The aim of writing the preface was to introduce to the readers poems of anew king, both in theme and style.
  3. 3. The dominant theme of the preface is diction and thus subject of poetry. Wordsworth asserts that the language of poetry is , ‘ a selection of the real language of men or the very language of men, and that there was no essential difference between the language of prose and that of poetry.’
  4. 4. In the “preface” Wordsworth also emphasizes his commitment to writing in the ordinary language of people, not a highly crafted poetical one. True to traditional Ballad from, the poems depict realistic characters in realistic situations. Strong narrative element
  5. 5. Language of common man Language is originally derived
  6. 6. Three main principles of Wordsworth’s poetic diction Statement regarding poetic diction Language of poetry People can not be employed in poetry Filtered and refined Vernacular words
  7. 7. State of vivid sensation Certain coloring of imagination Language employed Poetic composition
  8. 8. Rough framework of the language Heightened by feeling and emotion Power of imagination For poetic composition
  9. 9. The Solitary Reaper by Wil iam Wordsworth - Poetry Reading.mp4

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