Wordsworth And Shelley 's On Powers And Illusions Of The Inner Imaginative Life

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The Romantic period, a time that writers such as Wordsworth and Shelley focused their writing in the centre of life and social importance. An important aspect of 'Romanticism: its emphasis upon the power and terrors of the inner imaginative life ' (Watson, 2012, p. 1). The Prelude celebrates Wordsworth 's life retained through memories and with the act of remembering, depicting emotions and experiences. Whereas, Shelley and the 'Ode to the West Wind ' engaged his audience with inner and outer lives situations, ideas and elements of nature that represent his own position and ideas. This essay will compare and contrast Wordsworth recollections and Shelley dramatizations of the 'powers and terrors of the inner imaginative life '. Also considering, rhyme scheme, stanza forms, the reasons for the use of assonance and alliteration, and other poetic techniques. Finally, how do these effects relate to the main question. When given consideration to the poems, the descriptions demonstrated a deeper power of inner imaginative life. The power as stated 'comes from the heart or the soul, but also somehow from outside ' (The Open University, 2012, Romantic authorship, transcript p. 1). In comparison, both poets combine natural landscape with sublime vision of poetic power, that creates debates to what is real and or subjective. The Romantic period required authors to fulfil the Romantic ideology. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) with a reputation for social and political ideas

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