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In 1796 Wordsworth set up home at Alfoxden in Somerset with his sister, Dorothy Wordsworth. His friend,Coleridge , who had also renounced his early revolutionary beliefs, lived three miles away at Nether Stowey. In 1798 they published the book ,Lyrical Balladswhich achieved a revolution in literary taste and sensibility.Lyrical Ballads;included Wordsworth'sTintern Abbey and Coleridge's famous poems, theAncient Mariner and The Nightingale .
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Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems is a collection of poems by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first published in 1798 and generally considered to have marked the beginning of the EnglishRomantic movement in literature. The immediate effect on critics was modest, but it became and remains a landmark, changing the course of English literature andpoetry.
Most of the poems in the 1798 edition were written
by Wordsworth, with Coleridge contributing only five
poems to the collection, including one of his most
famous works, "The
Rime of the Ancient Mariner".
Wordsworth and Coleridge set out to overturn what they considered the priggish, learned and highly sculpted forms of 18th century English poetry and bring poetry within the reach of the average person by writing the verses using normal, everyday language. They place an emphasis on the vitality of the living voice that the poor use to express their reality. Using this language also helps assert the universality of human emotions. Even the title of the collection recalls rustic forms of art – the word "lyrical" links the poems with the ancient rustic bards and lends an air of spontaneity, while "ballads" are an oral mode of storytelling used by the common people.
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