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Preface to Lyrical Ballads - Preface to Lyrical Ballads...

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Preface to Lyrical Ballads * Main points of Romanticism” * “to choose incidents and situations from common life” * “a selection of language really used by men” * “ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual way” * “to make these incidents and situations interesting by tracing in them … the primary laws of our nature” * “personification of abstract ideas rarely occur in these volumes” * “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotion” * “Poetry is the best words in the best order” (Coleridge) “Kubla Kahn” * Two themes: Sex and poetry * What are the images in the first part that are sexual?
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