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


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.”


(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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