Then There Were 3
From creator to overall look, purpose to publisher, the creation of the Lyrical Ballads was definately not simple. Though the blank-verse Tintern Abbey is among the "other poems" hidden in the spine of only one edition of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ballads, the pastoral ep?tre best presents the Wordsworthian anxiety that casts a shadow in the entire, complicated publication with the Lyrical Ballads.
Tintern Abbey was not intended to be a part of the Lyrical Ballads, but was added at the last second, when the poetry were previously in the printing press (Moorman). Though rash and not quite fitting, Wordsworth's final addition to the first volume of the Lyrical Ballads became the most illustrious installation. Although both the Lyrical Ballads and Tintern Abbey eventually discovered their own extensive audiences, the single poem did not fit with the objective of the whole.
Wordsworth and Coleridge set out to execute an test. Coleridge's brief ballads were radical since they were, in his own words, "directed to persons and characters unnatural or at least passionate; yet to be able to transfer from your inward mother nature a human interest and a semblance of truth. " Wordsworth's objective was the contrary: "to offer charm of novelty to things of each and every day" (cited by Rannie). Though Wordsworth's 1798 Ad and Prefaces of toll free and 1802, and Coleridge's 1817 Biographia Literaria explain the test clearly and directly, their very own initial intention for newsletter was nothing like the volumes of poetry that were sooner or later produced.
The theory for a joint effort eventually came out of the Wordsworth and Coleridge's partnership on The Rime of the Historic Mariner. Although Coleridge created the bulk of the poem, the...
... ment within the quantity, Tintern Abbey is at the forefront.
Gill, Stephen. William Wordsworth: A Life. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989.
Graver, Generic and Ronald Tetreault. Croping and editing Lyrical Ballads for the Electronic Environment. 1998. Romanticism on the Net. 5 March 2003. < http://users.ox.ac.uk/~scat0385/electronicLB.html>.
Jordan, John E. For what reason the Musical Ballads? London: University of California Press, 1976.
Moorman, Mary. Bill Wordsworth: The first Years, 1770-1803. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957.
Rannie, David Watson. Wordsworth and His Group. London: Methuen & Company., 1907.
Woof, R. T. Wordsworth's Poems and Stuarts Newspapers: 1797-1803. 1962. College or university of Virginia. 4 03 2003. < http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-sb? id=sibv015&images=bsuva/sb/images&data=/texts/english/bibliog/SB&tag=public∂ =10&division=div>.