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IN TWO VOLUMES
Chap. I. Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads, and the objects
originally proposed-Preface to the second edition
-The ensuing controversy, its causes and acrimony
- Philosophic definitions of a Poem and Poetry with
Chap. II. The specific symptoms of poetic power eluci-
dated in a critical analysis of Shakespeare's Venus
and Adonis, and Rape of Lucrece .
Char. III. Striking points of difference between the
Poets of the present age and those of the fifteenth
and sixteenth centuries-Wish expressed for the
union of the characteristic merits of both
Chap. IV. Examination of the tenets peculiar to Mr.
Wordsworth-Rustic life (above all, low and rustic
life) especially unfavourable to the formation of a..
human diction- The best parts of language the pro-
duet of philosophers, not of clowns or shepherds---
Poetry essentially ideal and generic-The language
of Milton as much the language of real life, yea, in-
comparably more so than that of the cottager.
Chap. V. Language of metrical composition, why and
wherein essentially different from that of prose-
Origin and elements of metre--Its necessary conse-
quences, and the conditions thereby imposed on the
metrical writer in the choice of his diction
Chap. VI. Continuation-Concerning the real object
which, it is probable, Mr. Wordsworth had before
him in his critical preface-Elucidation and applica-
tion of this .
Chap. VII. The former subject continued—The neutral