Wordsworth as Pioneer of Romantic Era


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    You have made very good presentation on Wordsworth. He was the best contributor of the romantic era. You have given very useful information in this presentation. My doubt is with this sentence 'focus= the simple miracle of perception and experience' please will you explain me ? What does it mean ?
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Wordsworth as Pioneer of Romantic Era

  1. 1. Wordsworth: Pioneer of Romantic Era Name: Baraiya Saryu D. Subject: Literary Theory and Criticism(Paper-III) Roll no: 30 Study: MA Year: Semester – I Submitted To: Department of English University: MKBU
  2. 2. William Wordsworth 1770-1850
  3. 3. Life: 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 1798 o He was appointed as official distributor of stamps for Westmoreland. o Died: 1885
  4. 4. Wordsworth‟s Legacy: o The start of the Romantic movement. o Rural life is considered to be a haven o Celebrated the immediate, the emotional and the personal o A valuing of personal experience and reaction o His contemporaries: Coleridge Byron Keats and Shelley
  5. 5. Wordsworth‟s Style of Poetry: o Focus = the simple miracle of perception and experience. 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 senses. o Wordsworth exploited especially the sensibility of the eye and ear by his poetry.
  6. 6. 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 poetry. oPoetry results from the active relationship of present to past experience. 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.
  7. 7. Society and Influences:  A reaction to the world  The Industrial Revolution and Nature  Lyrical Ballads, with Coleridge, in 1798.  A break with the Renaissance  Pioneer of Romantic Era with Lyrical Ballads
  8. 8. 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) 
  9. 9. Thank you…