Name: Baraiya Saryu D.
Subject: Literary Theory and Criticism(Paper-III)
Roll no: 30
Year: Semester – I
Submitted To: Department of English
o A British poet
o Born: 1770, in Cockermouth
o Continued his study at Cambridge
o Made his debut as writer in 1786
o At very first he published his sonnet in The European Magazine
o Completed his BA from Cambridge in 1791
o His life‟s fist turning point: Met with Coleridge in 1795
o He started writing large and philosophical autobiographical poem in
o He was appointed as official distributor of stamps for Westmoreland.
o Died: 1885
o The start of the Romantic movement.
o Rural life is considered to be a haven
o Celebrated the immediate, the emotional and the
o A valuing of personal experience and reaction
o His contemporaries: Coleridge
Wordsworth‟s Style of Poetry:
o Focus = the simple miracle of perception and
o“thought long and deeply.”
o Vivid, direct images and descriptions.
o Lyrical blank verse
o Inspiration should come from the direct experience of the
o Wordsworth exploited especially the sensibility of the eye
and ear by his poetry.
Wordsworth‟s Views About Poetry:
o Poetry, he wrote in the Preface, originates from,
“the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings‟ which is
filtered through „emotion recollected in tranquillity”
oMemory plays a fundamental role in the creative process of
oPoetry results from the active relationship of present to past
oThrough the re-creative power of memory, the emotion is
reproduced and purified in poetic form so that a second
emotion, „kindred‟ to the first one, is generated.
Society and Influences:
A reaction to the world
The Industrial Revolution
Lyrical Ballads, with
Coleridge, in 1798.
A break with the
Pioneer of Romantic Era
with Lyrical Ballads
His Other Major Works:
An Evening Walk (1793)
Descriptive Sketches (1793)
Lyrical Ballads (1798)
Poems in Two Volumes (1807)
The Excursion (1814)
The Prelude (1850)