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The literature of sensibility is marked by a high degree of self-reflectivity.
Protagonists in the literature of sensibility are often moved by sights, stories, visuals and spectacles of human deprivation or human suffering.
Romantic poetry is about the evocation and inspiration of passion and sentiment in the mind of the reader.
The Romantic theory of sensibility and passions treated the ancient world and the rustic mind and heart as purer and closer to the passions than the modern, urban civilization.
Critics have seen Wordsworth as a pastoral poet ,whose work defends rural life against the invasion of the city.
Contrary to the traditional argument that Wordsworth is a poet of nature, in many of his poems, Wordsworth's speaker is not interested in nature per se but in sentimental memories of nature recalled.
Coleridge, unlike Wordsworth, is interested in the psychology of emotions.
Coleridge does not give primacy to imagination as the be-all and end-all of the poetic mind; he insists on intellectual activity and reflection.
Much of William Blake's writing was directed at demonstrating that there is no distinction between the material body and the divine or the soul.