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Throughout history the arts and literature have been a form of rationalization ofthe minds and thoughts of an artist or writer The progression or regression ofknowledge over a period of time can be chronicled or mapped with the use of theliterature and arts of these artists More specifically the major shift in thinkingfrom 18th-century Neoclassicism to 19th-century Romanticism can be seen in theworks of Alexander Pope and William Wordsworth A deliberation on the worksof these two authors show the differences if not complete opposites between theThe purpose of a poem can vary from poet to poet but for the Neoclassicpoet the main purpose was to educate the reader During this time Newton andother famous intellects were springing forth new ideas Ideas such as explanationsbeing formed in terms of moving particles Pope shares this idea with the readerin An Essay on Man stanza2 A thousand movements scarce one purposegain Popes manner of writing is very straightforward He makes firmstatements instead of questionable presumptions and he does this as if he isteaching something with a purpose This Neoclassic quality of teaching is seen inportions of his poem such as His knowledge measured to his state and place histime a moment and a point his space lines71-73 These uses of ideas andteaching in the poem make the poem less pleasurable for the reader to read as itallows no room for imagination and personal reflection This is likelyintentionally done by Pope as it was common in his time to write with a directpurpose rather than to please the readerThe purpose in writing for the Romantic poet is quite different from that ofthe Neoclassic poet The Romantic poet wrote to please the reader rather than toeducate This can be seen in Wordsworths poem Ode Intimations ofImmortatlity from Recollections of Early Childhood especially in his use oflanguage throughout the poem Language such as The Moon doth with delightline12 and Then sing ye Birds sing sing a joyous song Line168 It is
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