At the first step, he rules out the assumption, which, from horace onwards, had wrought such havoc in criticism, that the object of poetry is to instruct or, as a less indeed, so far as the criticism deals with wordsworth's theory of “poetic diction,” it cannot but strike the reader as carping not to mention the appearance of. wordsworth theory of language of poetry and coleridge's criticism on it, is of great significance in the history of literary criticism wordsworth revolts against the poetic diction of eighteenth century his theory has some merits and at the same time has certain demerits wordsworth rejects poetic diction by. He argues that poetry should be written in the natural language of common speech the themes of his poetry are inspired by 'humble and rustic life' wordsworth's “preface to the lyrical ballads” with an appendix on poetic diction is universally acclaimed as a manifesto of romantic criticism the principal object of lyrical. Wordsworth tried to do with the help of the 'preface' it has been generally supposed that wordsworth's theory of poetic language is merely a reaction against, and a criticism of, 'the pseudo classical' theory of poetic diction but such a view is partially true his first impulse was less a revolt against pseudo- classical diction,. In note to 'ancient mariner' he criticized some of coleridge's stylistic approaches this criticism proves that wordsworth and coleridge were not completely compatible, and it points out how coleridge developed his own independent poetic diction, regardless of whether or not wordsworth approved in wordsworth's opinion.
The value of poetry 25 poetic diction 26 coleridge's views on poetic diction 27 the cultural concern of wordsworth's criticism 28 let us sum up wordsworth to the question : 'what is poetry' wordsworth's answer is: all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: but though this be true,. Samuel taylor coleridge in contrast to william wordsworth samuel taylor coleridge is often discussed in association between language of prose and that of poetry” he shunned the use of a even wordsworth recognized that coleridge's poetic diction in this poem differed from that of his own to this. When the critical edition of wordsworth's literary criticism, which, despite the efforts of nowell smith, is still a desideratum, shall appear, it is to be hoped that so important an utterance will be restored xiv wordsworth's theory of poetic diction reader it was not a single is jlated utterance it had the wide background of enghsh.
Poetic diction is the term used to refer to the linguistic style, the vocabulary, and the metaphors used in the writing of poetry in the western tradition, all these elements were thought of as properly different in poetry and prose up to the time of the romantic revolution, when william wordsworth challenged the distinction in his. Wordsworth eschews the use of lofty, poetic diction, which in his mind is not related to the language of real life he sees poetry as acting like nature, which touches all living things and inspires and delights them wordsworth calls for poetry to be written in the language of the common man, and the subjects of the poems. Subsequent critics, notably samuel taylor coleridge in biographia literaria ( 1817), felt that wordsworth overstated the case, that his own best work contradicted his theory, and that some of his work written in “the language really used by men” did not achieve the level of poetry modern critics take the position that there is.
Call a given group of words 'poetry' is, in fact  definition and examples immediately dependent on my own inner experiences and in constructing a theory of poetic diction, it is from those experiences that i am obliged to start in view, however, of the predominantly personal direction taken by literary criticism. A term used to mean language and usage peculiar to poetry, which came into prominence with wordsworth's discussion in his preface (1800) to the lyrical ballads, in which he claims to have taken pains to avoid 'what is usually called poetic diction' wordsworth implies that there should be no such thing as ' language and. Farol, honesto f, the poetic doctrines of wordsworth and arnold: a comparative study of critical theories in the nineteenth century (1933) master's theses arnold's doctrine of poetry as a criticism of life chapter v which is known as poetic diction, and against this, he carried on a campaign.
Losophy, and the application of the rules, dedu− ced from philosophical principles , to poetry and criticism but of the objects, which i proposed to myself, it was not concurred in objecting to them, obscurity, a general turgidness of diction, and a profusion of new coined double epithets the first is the fault which a writer is. Wordsworth's poetry of the imagination and his debt to shakespeare we should look to shakespeare's own overthrow of gaudy poetic diction, portraying the genius behind the battle to renew both liberty and poetry which is surprisingly left unfilled in coleridge's shakespeare criticism by our lack of any evidence as to.
Nevertheless, his stance is close to that of wordsworth the 1800 preface to lyrical ballads  as a whole can be estimated as wordsworth's grand attempt to examine a canon of literary criticism of his age, questioning what is essential to poetry it is, at the same time, an elaborate defence of his own position as a poet,. Wordsworth mentioned in the preface, “personifications of abstract ideas rarely occur in my poems”, which explains at length how he inevitably moved away from the conventional and customary ways of writing poetry the traditional poetic diction was also curbed by wordsworth—he declared, “i have taken. Answer: the problem of poetic diction has been one of the most controversial issues in literary criticism the most important part in the history of poetic diction is constituted by wordsmith's views on the language of poetry these are two traditions in the history of poetic diction one is that which pleads for a.
Ii abstract the subject of this thesis is the character of william wordsworth, who is widely held to be both a poet wordsworth: that the scholarship and criticism of wordsworth and his works are dominated by a romantic an early essay, ' wordsworth and coleridge on diction and figures', abrams justified ignoring the. In the preface to the lyrical ballads, wordsworth wrote that there neither is, nor can be, any essential difference between the language of prose and metrical composition this statement of wordsworth was actually, a reply to the advocates of poetic diction, according to whom the language of poetry was basically different. This is my presentation of literary criticism and theories submitted to profdr dilip barad,mkbu friend william wordsworth 3 his views on wordsworth's poetic creed coleridge himself not agrees withwordsworth's views on poetic diction his different point of view about poetic faith he gives in. The thesis examines coleridge's criticism of wordsworth in the biographia literaria in the context of the contemporary review reaction to wordsworth's poetry and theory of poetic diction, concentrating throughout on wordsworth's most representative and persistent critic, francis.