• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In your opinion, how successfully does Lyrical Ballads capture the hour of feeling?

Extracts from this document...


Tutor Marked Assignment R Love, now an universal birth From heart to heart is stealing, From earth to man, from man to earth, It is the hour of feeling In your opinion, how successfully does Lyrical Ballads capture "the hour of feeling"? Lyrical Ballads has been called a poetic revolution, the true beginning, (In British poetry) of the literary, philosophical and artistic movement known as "Romanticism". The Romantics were concerned with feeling. In his preface of the Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth wrote that "all good poetry is a spontaneous overflow of feelings" The above passage is from Lines written at a small distance form my house whereby the poem very much centres on "it is the hour of feeling". In this poem Wordsworth wants his sister to experience the blessed pervasiveness of this "one moment" which fifty years of reason cannot substitute for, in which he finds himself connected to the earth and mankind through love. I shall use the underlined statement as the definition for "the hour of feeling" and imminently discuss the success of the poets in accomplishing this in the Lyrical Ballads. The Romantic Movement was a reaction to the classical literature of the Augustan age, which was classic, impersonal and formal, championing rationality as opposed to feelings and used a large number of literary clich�s and overblown phrases. The readers of poetry in the eighteenth century were largely educated men with a classical upbringing who had been conditioned to reflect in verse. ...read more.


Subsequently the reader is transported into the lives of the characters, where we are exposed to issues we rarely give attention to, like capital punishment, whereby in The Convict, Wordsworth focuses on the fact that no proper restitution can be made by a convict subjected to this harsh punishment. ("the fetters that link him to death") He makes the readers realise that prison is an awful place not because it twists a man's soul, but because it is hard to repent in the "comfortless vault of disease" Cleverly Wordsworth does not have the prisoner speak, allowing him only a questioning look. Were he to speak, it would raise the question whether his crime actually deserved capital punishment or not; instead the poem challenges the whole notion of capital punishment because the convict is kept a mute object for our consideration. The voice crying out for change, the poem suggests, must be the reader's, rather than the convict's or the poet's. Wordsworth believed that transportation should replace capital punishment ("would plant thee where yet though might'st blossom again") and that the only emotion we should feel for the transported convict is compassion. The 'Last of the Flock' too, has a humanitarian purpose. Based on a real incident reported to him by a friend, he uses the tale of a poor shepherd losing his flock to attack the stupidity of the system of poor relief which insisted that a man had to sell all of his property before any financial support could be given to him. ...read more.


He finds 'The Idiot Boy' merely distressing, 'The Thorn' dark, and 'Tintern Abbey' although "the reflections of no common mind: poetical, beautiful and philosophical", is nevertheless "gloomy". On the whole, he concludes, it would have been better had the poets chosen "more elevated subjects and in a more cheerful disposition". It is precisely to the likes of Dr. Burney, that the Romantics were revolting against. The objective of the Lyrical Ballads was precisely to speak about the less "elevated" and "cheerful" subjects which are also known as Reality. Doubtless there will be many readers like Dr. Burney who do not feel anything towards the issues raised by the romantics, who would prefer to be fed with cheerful, superficial and restrained classical subjects whereby "unnecessary" feelings and thoughts will not be provoked. However this should not be mistaken as the general reception. Lyrical Ballads raised issues that was not explicitly discussed especially in the literary sense; because of its "aukwardness and strangeness", the immediate reception in the times of the poets was Rejection, understandably so; however this positive change in Literature, thanks to the Romantics, will forever change the course of posterity, who will be free to express their thoughts and ideas against the modes of convention. When reading this collection, the reader is transported to that "one moment" where he will be connected to earth and mankind through the united feeling of love. However I believe that the Lyrical Ballads will only appeal to those who have a heart that cries out for change. Overall, I believe the poets achieved their objective in capturing "the hour of feeling", and sometimes even "feelings of strangeness and aukwardness" for the likes of Dr. Burney. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level William Wordsworth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level William Wordsworth essays

  1. "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant - summary of narrative, themes

    she was wrapped in a cloud of happiness. The writer uses a metaphor to describe the woman's happiness. Commonly, when one is happy, they are described as "being on cloud nine."

  2. Form and meaning of The Daffodils by W.Wordsworth and Miracle on St.David’s Day by ...

    This poem is a narrative poem. The narrative voice is Gillian Clarke as it is revealed to the reader that she is there herself telling the readers about her experience. "I am reading poetry to the insane." The final stanza leads up to Clarke's final meaning of how a distant

  1. How is the theme of Childhood presented in The Lyrical Ballads?

    The narrator is ecstatic with his son's answer, as he sees his son's ability to imagine an innocent answer so easily. The father wishes that he could "Teach the hundredth part of what from thee I learn" The tone of excitement in the father's response seems to stem from Wordsworth

  2. Critical appreciation of Tintern Abbey, focussing on the ways in which it is a ...

    The poem was written "a few miles above Tintern Abbey" which could represent Wordsworth's viewpoint in the poem. The way he looks down at the Abbey mirrors the way he looks down into his own soul. However the fact that the lines themselves were written above the Abbey could suggest

  1. In William Wordsworth's "We Are Seven," perception plays an important role in the relationship ...

    The speaker, conversely, is older and has experienced more in life. He has probably encountered hardships and difficulties and thus views death differently than the girl. Therefore, because of the different stages they are at in their lives, the speaker and the girl view death differently.

  2. The presentation of Childhood in lyrical ballads

    mind on where he would rather be living; "Our home by Kilve'd delightful shore, Or here at Liswyn farm?" (pg 57) The young boy says, "At Kilve I'd rather be / Than here at Liswyn farm" (pg 57). However the boy has to think up a totally random and spontaneous

  1. Wordsworth begins Tintern Abbey with the tranquil scene of nature as he is revisiting ...

    he discovers continuity in the disparate pictures through a principle of growth, he becomes aware of the pattern of his life-he binds his apparently disparate days together. He may be said to evolve his soul in becoming aware that his soul evolves.

  2. In Lucy Gray and There was a boy Wordsworth examines childhood in similar ways ...

    this death is somewhat ambiguous in the poem it could be argued that this is the literal death of the boy due to the ?silence? and the dark, bleak images created in his mind from this.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work