Coleridge's Poems

What does Coleridge say about Wordsworth's views about diction?

What does Coleridge say about Wordsworth's views about diction?

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Coleridge believes Wordsworth's views are incorrect. Wordsworth cites that poetry should be written in a way that everyone can understand:

“A selection of the real language of men or the very language of men; and that there was no essential difference between the language of prose and that of poetry”.

Coleridge, however, disagrees and cites that diction or language should be varied from one group to the next:

“‘Every man’s language’ varies according to the extent of his knowledge, the activity of his faculties, and the depth or quickness of his feelings”.

 

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Preface to the Lyrical Ballads