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Wordsworth(1770/1850) the poet of Nature
<ul><li>Autobiographical poet </li></ul><ul><li>At the centre of his interest: connexion child-nature </li></ul><ul><li>A ...
1789 French Revolution <ul><li>He had to leave France </li></ul><ul><li>Shocked by the bloody F.R. </li></ul><ul><li>Engla...
Nature a whole,stg.alive including animate and inanimate elements <ul><li>Educator of senses </li></ul><ul><li>Educator of...
Influenced by Hartley <ul><li>A child = simple sensations caused by by physical experiences/simple ideas </li></ul><ul><li...
The poet <ul><li>Poetry = record of a state of mind +  imagination  </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination allows the poet to perce...
The Lyrical Ballads ( 1798–1880 manifesto of the Romantic Movement <ul><li>W. 19 poems </li></ul><ul><li>Starting point ru...
Language and style <ul><li>The language had to be simple,  but his best poems are written in an elevated style </li></ul><...
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  1. 1. Wordsworth(1770/1850) the poet of Nature
  2. 2. <ul><li>Autobiographical poet </li></ul><ul><li>At the centre of his interest: connexion child-nature </li></ul><ul><li>A man had to be as happy as a child </li></ul><ul><li>He started his career protesting against the evil of war/ industrialization, the upper class indifference to the suffering of rural people </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1789 French Revolution <ul><li>He had to leave France </li></ul><ul><li>Shocked by the bloody F.R. </li></ul><ul><li>England against Napoleon :war </li></ul><ul><li>As a reaction W. became a reactionary ( Tory) </li></ul><ul><li>He went to the Lake district with his sister Dorothy </li></ul><ul><li>He met Coleridge : a new philosophy,poetry “ The Lyrical Ballads” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Nature a whole,stg.alive including animate and inanimate elements <ul><li>Educator of senses </li></ul><ul><li>Educator of mind </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to goodness </li></ul><ul><li>Source of consolation </li></ul><ul><li>Perceived through the sight and the hearing </li></ul>
  5. 5. Influenced by Hartley <ul><li>A child = simple sensations caused by by physical experiences/simple ideas </li></ul><ul><li>A man = complex ideas -associations </li></ul><ul><li>The poet elaborates and memorizes complex ideas (pag 293) creates a poem </li></ul>
  6. 6. The poet <ul><li>Poetry = record of a state of mind + imagination </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination allows the poet to perceive, to see with the eyes of the soul </li></ul><ul><li>It allows to see the relation man (child)- nature </li></ul><ul><li>The poet is endowed with Imagination </li></ul><ul><li>The poet Is superior to other men </li></ul><ul><li>The poet Is the VATE, THE TEACHER </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Lyrical Ballads ( 1798–1880 manifesto of the Romantic Movement <ul><li>W. 19 poems </li></ul><ul><li>Starting point rural people, natural elements seen through the eyes of Imagination to fuse the real with the ideal </li></ul><ul><li>Coleridge 4 poems </li></ul><ul><li>Opposite starting point to make the ideal seem real </li></ul>
  8. 8. Language and style <ul><li>The language had to be simple, but his best poems are written in an elevated style </li></ul><ul><li>A minimum of stylization </li></ul><ul><li>He didn’t work in any poetical tradition </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of his life he was: respectable, conservative / a Tory) </li></ul><ul><li>1843 “ laureate poet” </li></ul><ul><li>Criticized by the poets of the second generation </li></ul>
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