the object of art according to W. Wordsworth

" The principal object, then, which I proposed to myself in these poems [ the Lyric Ballads written with Samuel T. Coleridge] was to choose incidents and situations from common life and to relate or to describe them, throughout, as far as possible , in a selection of language really used by men; and at the same time , to throw over them a certain colouring of immagination, whereby ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual way; and further, and above all, to make these incidents and situations interesting by tracing in them, truly though not ostentatiously , the primary laws of nature: chiefly, as far as regards the manner in which we associate ideas in a state of excitement."

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