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Quotations From WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

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  • 1.
    All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.
    William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Lyrical Ballads, preface, 2nd edition (1801). This sentiment, which is a central tenet in Wordsworth's criticism, has parallels in Schiller, Ueber B├╝rgers Gedichte, as well as Coleridge's Notebooks, in which he speaks of "recalling passion in tranquillity."

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  • 2.
    The human mind is capable of excitement without the application of gross and violent stimulants; and he must have a very faint perception of its beauty and dignity who does not know this.
    William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Lyrical Ballads, preface, 2nd edition (1801).

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    The things which I have seen I now can see no more.
    William Wordsworth (1770-1850), British poet. Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (l. 9). . . The Poems; Vol. 1 [William Wordsworth]. John O. Hayden, ed. (1977, repr. 1990) Penguin Books.
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