Wordsworth And Coleridge : Stylistic Distinctions With Spiritual Resemblance

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Wordsworth and Coleridge:
Stylistic Distinctions with Spiritual Resemblance
In Lyrical Ballads 1798, it is easy to distinguish the poems composed by William Wordsworth from the ones composed by Samuel Coleridge. This is not out of their divergent views, but rather, a result of their characteristic poetic styles and distinctive writing subjects. Coleridge himself gives an account of this:
These are the poetry of nature… composed of two sorts… It was agreed that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic… Mr. Wordsworth, on the other hand, was to propose to himself, as his object, to give the charm of novelty to things of every day. (Coleridge 174)
Their division of labor, thus, expands the richness of language and the range of materials in the volume, contributing to diverse dimensions of a shared theme— Nature. Just as Thomas McFarland accurately describes, these two poets are “symbiotic” (McFarland 263). In this paper, I shall argue that Wordsworth’s and Coleridge’s differing approaches in their language and materials are complementary and help with each other to demonstrate their shared philosophy that nature per se is the ultimate solution to manifold problems caused by human beings. In terms of language, the style which Wordsworth adopts is simple and direct, while the style of Coleridge tends to be more literary and romantic, filled with supernatural imaginations. Wordsworth often writes with simple metres and rhymes…

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