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Wordsworth’s “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” is considered the manifesto to the romantic movement

Wordsworth’s Preface to Lyrical Ballads is the declaration of a movement against the neo-classical poetry dominated by the representative poets of the Neo-classical Age. It announced a new age that was so different from so called Neo-classical age. The Preface is considered a manifesto because it talks about the nature of romantic poetry and declares how poetry, itself is a type of experiment in which the emotive takes precedence over structure and form. The fact that Wordsworth devotes so much of the Preface in talking about the purpose of poetry and the rationale behind it lends father credence to the idea that this is a manifesto, a declaration about the intent within poetry and what individuals seek to gain from it.

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