Educationcing: Wordsworth: The Preface to "Lyrical Ballads"
Robinson’s contributions include the essay "Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads,” which focuses on the two poets’ famous collaboration to produce the book of poems called “Lyrical Ballads,” as it first appeared in 1798.
In the preface to Lyrical Ballads, ..
By reading a selection of Wordsworth’s work, it is clear that critics have not stopped him from writing because for the years following the publication of Lyrical Ballads (1798) Wordsworth created some of the best known short stories which also created a roar of criticism....
When Wordsworth and Coleridge, both in their twenties, published the Lyrical Ballads, in 1798, public reception was less than enthusiastic. To a generation trained in neo-classical literary theory, namely that poetic diction and subject matter must be dignified and formal, befitting serious subject matter, Wordsworth's premise that poetic matters should befit an "ordinary" man's taste, seemed oddly out of place. Think of "Essay on Man" and "Rape of the Lock." These texts, far from ordinary in their "simplicity," require a good working knowledge of classical literature and philosophy including, for example, insofar as Pope used his own translation of Homer's poem as an allusion. Consequently when Wordsworth republished the collection in 1800, he wrote a Preface, excerpts from which are printed below, in which he sought to explain the premises upon which the "new poetry" is based. His remarks form the foundation of Romantic poetry, and so to understand English Romantic poetry is to know .