Abstract and Keywords
Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads (1798) long has been recognized as a watershed of Romantic-period literature for its use of more colloquial, less affected language, its portrayal of the poor and other marginal figures, and for perhaps less obvious hints of submerged political agendas. As Wordsworth wrote in the 1798 ‘Advertisement’, one principal aim was to challenge readers’ ‘pre-established codes of decision’. He implies that this challenge includes subverting not only the aesthetics but possibly also the ethics of popular culture. Coleridge saw it as a joint endeavour; nonetheless, most of the poems are Wordsworth’s and even Coleridge’s major contribution, ‘The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere’, seems anomalous. This essay looks towards understanding the 1798 Lyrical Ballads as the only product of the famous collaboration that exists in any definite form; it is the only Lyrical Ballads that may be said to be Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads.
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