Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wordsworth and Coleridge - Lyrical Ballads

"Samuel Coleridge wrote one of my very favorite poems of thepre-modern epoch, Kublai Khan. He also wrote The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, though, and for that I cannot forgive him. It's an over-wrought and under-abridged torrent of dreary drivel with unmusical rhymes, cursed with a storyline of sorts which takes ages to go nowhere. This so-called masterpiece strikes me as mostly another tool for sadistic lit teachers to torture their students with until they're conditioned to loathe all poetry."

"I hate Wordsworth. Believe it or not, his poems are too wordy."

"I HATE Wordsworth. To go any further would involve forum-inappropriate language."

"I hate Coleridges poetry, it drives me nuts!!!!!"

"I hate Wordsworth, so much shit about 'the mountains,' 'the green, verdent fields', etc. We get it. You like Nature. Next?"

"Ok, so maybe Willy W. wrote some pretty poems, but we just can't get over his overwhelmingly annoying pretension and hypocrisy. And it's all very nice that 'poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings', but did he really have to throw all that other shit in about 'a man speaking to men' and 'the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge' and 'bind[ing] together by passion and knowledge the vast empire of human society'? C'mon, Willy, talk about a big fat hypocritical ego..."

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