Biographia Literaria, Or Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions, Vol. 2 of 2 (Classic Reprint)
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Excerpt from Biographia Literaria, or Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions, Vol. 2 of 2
Agreeing as I do with these remarks in the main, I venture to observe that in my mind they ascribe too much inﬂuence upon the early fate of Mr. W.'s poems to the E. Review. That those poems were not generally admired from the first, was, in my Opinion, their own fault, that is to say, arose principally from their being works of great genius, and consequently, though old as the world itself, in one way, yet in another, a new thing under the sun. Novelty is delightful when it is understood at once, when it is but the old familiar matters newly set forth; but here was a new world presented to the reader which was also a strange world, and most of those who had grown to middle age acquainted with the old world only, and chieﬂy with that part of it which was least like Wordsworth's - the hither part, out Of sight of Chaucer and Spenser and the old English Poets in general, could never learn their way, or find themselves at home there.
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