-William Wordsworth, from "Preface to Lyrical Ballads"
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
the reader's judgment
I have one request to make of my Reader, which is, that in judging these Poems he would decide by how own feelings genuinely, and not by reflection upon what will probably be the judgment of others. How common is it to hear a person say, 'I myself do not object to this style of composition, or this or that expression, but to such and such classes of people it will appear mean or ludicrous.' This mode of criticism, so destructive of all sound unadulterated judgment, is almost universal: I have therefore to request, that the Reader would abide independently by his own feelings, and that if he finds himself affected he would not suffer such conjectures to interfere with his pleasure.