Wordsworth, William - The "Lyrical ballads", the english romantic manifesto
The Lyrical Ballads is considered as the manifesto that marked the entry of the romantic movement in England.
Wordsworth wrote the preface of it, introducing the directives of the poetic romantic:
Initially, the poet opens saying that he proposed to himself to treat incidents and situations of the common life, reporting or, describing them using the imagination through the which the ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual way.
Him decided to choose the humble and rustic life, because in these conditions the man isn't slave of the social conventions and he can express the own feelings, emotions or thoughts in the better possible way.
And just for this reason he chose to write adopting the common language, because being simple and not elaborate it is easier to be understood.
Going on to the reading of the preface, we notice a criticism towards the philosophers, which are accused by Wordsworth to write in a pompous way only to appear superior.
At the end the author exposes his considerations respect the feature of the poet and of the poetry, defining the poet as a man speaking to men, because being the poet endowed with an anomalous sensibility and of a great knowledge of the human nature in comparison to the other men, though he is subject to the common problems he can teach to the other men.
He defines, instead the poetry a spontaneous flow of feelings that, after having been meditated and connected in tranquillity are transcribed in the form of poetry.