What is significance of Wordsworth’s literary criticism in his age

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Wordsworth through his literary criticism demolishes the old and the faulty, and opens out new vistas and avenues. He discards the artificial and restricted forms of approved 18th century Poetry.

Disgusted by the, “gaudiness and inane phraseology of many modern writers”, he castigates poets who, “separate themselves from the sympathies of men, and indulge in arbitrary and capricious habit of expression, on order to furnish food for fickle tastes and fickle appetites, their own creation.” Discarding formal finish and perfection, he says,” All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” He discards Aristotelian doctrine. “For him, the plot, or situation, is not the first thing. It is the feeling that matters” (Scoot-James).

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