Critical Analysis of William Wordsworth’s Poetic Diction

Sana Mansoor


Abstract Poetic diction means selection of discourse which accommodates a rare style for distinct minstrel, how particular poet choose his/her own language, then how he/her plays around with them (language, lexicon and make use of phrases terminology, usually trope). Poetic diction means style of writing which is used by poet in poetry like the communication style, frame of reference, and use of tropical language-normally metaphors. This research aims to explore and find out the major and distinct features of William Wordsworth’s poetic diction and see how far his theory of diction is applicable in present time. Research belonging to us is qualitative. The researcher will analyze William Wordsworth’s poetic diction with reference to preface to the lyrical ballads. Researcher will also analyze variant poems written by William Wordsworth. This paper will help the people to understand that why Wordsworth used so natural, simple, attractive and daily life language in his works, and how he used conceits, images, impression, metaphors similes, initial rhyme etc. Results will also help the readers of the time to understand the theory of simple and rustic poetic diction used by William Wordsworth in his poetry. His singular style added the great beauty to his work, and his style became lofty to all the common people.

Keywords: William Wordsworth, poetic diction, preface to the lyrical ballads.

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