Essay about What is Typical of Lyrical Ballads
The group title of the set of poems written by Wordsworth and
Coleridge presents an interesting starting point of analysis. The phrase ‘Lyrical Ballads’ is a paradox as the genres of ‘lyrics’ and
‘ballads’ can be defined as in opposition to each other. A ‘lyric’ is
‘a poem about feeling… addressed to the reader in a manner of private and intimate conversation’. A ‘ballad’ is ‘a narrative poem from an anonymous point of view, often relating to characters from public or historical events, such as war.’ Therefore the two genres are combined under the title ‘Lyrical Ballads’, signifying an unexpected and unusual style from Wordsworth and Coleridge. This is further evidenced by Wordsworth, who …show more content…
‘We are Seven’ this is only diverted from in the final verse
But they are dead; those two are dead!
Their spirits are in heaven!
‘Twas throwing words away; for still
The little Maid would have her will,
And said, ‘Nay, we are seven!’
The final line in the poem ‘And said, ‘Nay, we are seven!’’ underlines the conflicting opinions of the narrator and the girl. This is actually typical of the poem throughout as ‘Then ye are only five’ and
‘What should it know of death?’ are examples of the opposing views which are highlighted by their placement in the structure of the poem.
Again, there is repetition, this time of the word ‘dead’, enforcing the narrator’s perception of the Maid’s brother and sister.
Typically the narrators in Wordsworth’s poems are typified as questioning and often meddling characters who seek explanation and reasoning, for example the narrators in ‘The Last of the