13 October 2010

"A Certain Colouring of Imagination"

The famous preface to Lyrical Ballads explains that the principal object of them
was to choose incidents and situations from common life, and to relate or describe them, throughout, as far as was possible in a selection of language really used by men, and, at the same time, to throw over them a certain colouring of imagination, whereby ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual aspect; and, further, and above all, to make these incidents and situations interesting by tracing the manner in which we associate ideas in a state of excitement.
Dr. Burton has experimented with the form of his own poems, and here's the result on his blog.

1 comment:

  1. That was a neat way to present the poem! Another idea in future would be to use pictures to help illustrate it as well but I like what you did. It adds to the poem and is a whole new art form in itself. :)