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Unformatted text preview: Discussion Questions on Wordsworth Theory: Preface to the Lyrical Ballads (1802) 1. What does Wordsworth have to say about poetic diction, e.g. personifications, abstract ideas, etc.? How does his own poetic language differ from what his audience had come to expect from poetry? 2. What are the principal objects of poetry in this collection of poems, according to Wordsworth? (see page 1497-1498) Why has he chosen the “low and rustic life” as the lifestyle in which to ground his poetry? 3. How does Wordsworth define good poetry? 4. How does he characterize the style of his poems? How does the language of a good poem differ from the language of good prose? 5. What is Wordsworth’s idea of the particular purpose of a poet? What does he hope his poems will produce in his readers? 6. Does Wordsworth abandon metrical language? Explain. 7. We can argue that there is an implicit politics in Wordsworth’s poems. How so? Can you characterize it?...
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- Winter '08
- Poetry, Lyrical Ballads