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preface to lyrical ballads

preface to lyrical ballads - ouring of imagination whereby...

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louring of imagination, whereby ordinary things should be te of excitement. Humble and rustic life was generally chosen, implicity, and, consequently, may be more accurately passions of men are incorporated with the beautiful and t of language is originally derived; and because, from their eelings, is a more permanent, and a far more philosophical der to furnish food for fickle tastes, and fickle appetites, of re dishonourable to the Writer’s own character than false y purpose. Not that I always began to write with a distinct t to the name of a Poet. For all good poetry is the spontaneous fluxes of feeling are modified and directed by our thoughts, mportant subjects, till at length, if we be originally possessed of ecessarily be in some degree enlightened, and his affections and situation to the feeling. is capable of being excited without the application of gross eavour to produce or enlarge this capability is one of the best unfitting it for all voluntary exertion, to reduce it to a state of unication of intelligence hourly gratifies. to this tendency of s, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse.—When , had I not a deep impression of certain inherent and ystematically opposed, by men of greater powers, and with far he Reader will find that personifications of abstract ideas lar part of that language. They are, indeed, a figure of speech ompany of flesh and blood, persuaded that by so doing I shall t as is ordinarily taken to produce it; this has been done for the pably particular, I do not know how to give my Reader a more e fitted to their respective importance. Something must have have also thought it expedient to restrict myself still further, saisms, as they call them, imagine that they have made a to prove to him, that not only the language of a large portion hen prose is well written. The truth of this assertion might be e space of separation betwixt Prose and Metrical composition,
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no respect differ from that of prose.
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