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What do Wordsworth and Coleridge have to say on poetic diction.

 Wordsworth himself isn’t free from review. Coleridge is the first critic to denounce his views expressed in”Preface to the Lyrical Ditties”. He’s particularly critical of his proposition of lyrical diction and his defence of metre. He exposes numerous sins of Wordsworth’s proposition. Wordsworth addresses of a named and purified language. Coleridge argues that similar type of language would differ in no way from the language of any other men of firm. After similar selection, there would be no difference between the rustic language and the language used by common men in their ways of life. Again Wordsworth permits the use of metre inferring a particular order and arrangement of words. So Coleridge concludes that there’s and there ought to be an essential difference between the language of prose and rhythmic composition. Metre medicates the whole atmosphere and the language of poetry is bound to differ from that of prose. The use of metre is as artificial as the use of lyricaldiction.However, it’s absurd to prohibit the use of the other, If one is allowed. Both are inversely good sources of lyrical pleasure.

Coleridge objects to Wordsworth’s views on the use of common language. He says that the views can be applicable only in some cases. Again when the rustic language is purified of its crassness and oddities would be virtually the same as the language used by any other class of men. Likewise, Coleridge feels that the language of the countrymen would prove to be too skimp to give the suitable diction for the expression of varied gests. He also criticised the”Preface”for the dispensable obscurity of its ultimate half. The diction employed is also unnecessarily elaborate and constrained.

Coleridge again refuses that stylish corridor of our language are deduced from nature. The stylish words are abstract nouns and generalities. These are deduced from the reflective acts of the mind. This reflection grows as man advances from the so- called primitive state. As man has advanced in study, he has acquired new ideas and generalities which can not be expressed through the use of rustic language which is primitive andundeveloped.However, he must also suppose like the countrymen, If the minstrel wants to use the rustic language. The language of the countrymen is curiously affordable. It would be putting the timepiece back. Rather of progression, it would be regression.

Coleridge refutes Wordsworth’s judgement of Gray’s sonnet. He also quotes a many lines from The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. He shows that the language used in them is by no means the language of ordinary. This language would by no means be used in prose. Coleridge also argues that Wordsworth’sover-emphasis on his proposition of lyrical style was maybe a response against the garish pretension of the kind of style which had been current in poetry in the 18th century.

Similar are the sins of Wordsworth’s proposition. It must also be admitted that he didn’t cleave to his proposition in his own practice. Reversed and lyrical constructions are frequent in his poetry. His vocabulary is frequently not drawn from rustic life. He doesn’t always use the language of real men of the countrymen of Cumberland. He doesn’t exercise his own proposition in his”Tintern Abbey”,” Eternity Ode”and”The Prelude”. The language of the runes isn’t the language of common man. So his proposition is frequently either inconsistent with his practice or simply shy as a proposition.

Still, Wordsworth’s proposition of lyrical diction is significant and far- reaching. But it’s full of contradictions and limitations. Wordsworth fails to maintain it in his own runes too. So”Preface to the Lyrical Ditties”is inept in argument and conventional of expression. Coleridge crtiticises Wordsworth’s proposition of lyrical diction to a great extent. His assessment isn’t fully right. We may agree with him that there’s surely a difference between the language of prose and the language of poetry. At the same time, we must honor the value of Wordsworth’s proposition of lyrical diction.

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