What are the demerits of William Wordsworth’s poetry, estimated by Mathew Arnold

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Following demerits of Wordsworth’s poetry has been counted by Mathew Arnold:

(i) “To be recognized far and wide as a great poet, to be passable and receivable as a classic Wordsworth needs to be relieved of a great deal of the poetic baggage which now encumbers him.”

(ii) He is too pre-occupied with his own self to take an objective view of things. His excessive self-esteem often makes him ridiculous and trivial. Keats rightly called him, “The Egoistical Sublime.”

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(iii) “He is curiously deficient in the purely lyrical gift.”

(iv) He had no marked style of him own. “When he seeks to have a style, he fails into ponderosity and pomposity.”

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