Romantic Poets Nature and Romantic Term Paper

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The urn is a symbol to him of all great works of art which, picturing beauty, will always reflect truth to those who behold them. To Keats "beauty is truth, truth beauty," and art is the balm which soothes his fevered soul. He died at the age of 25 from tuberculosis.

Wordsworth, who lived longer than the other poets, dying at the age of 80, was the leading poet of the nineteenth century. His work, with exquisitely turned phrasing, accurately depict both nature and his emotions. Nature was his inspiration and solace. He believed that nature could heal and commune both the elemental and divine through its natural forces. Like Coleridge, he believed that transcendental meditation was possible and that one could rise to a plane above that of the merely human with contemplation of nature and beauty. His verses rose to new heights in rhythm and meter, unlike the neoclassical poets before him and his description of experiences reflected in tranquility brought his large audience to a deeper appreciation of nature and the depths of human experience.

When he fell into a deep depression, his sister Dorothy brought William out to the countryside to recover. It was during this time that he wrote one of his best-known poems, "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" (1798), in which he recognized its healing power and declared that "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her, 'tis her privilege, through all the years of this our life, to lead from joy to joy...."

In this poem, Wordsworth incorporated the key motifs of romanticism that the landscape painters of his day, the musicians with their waltzes and the other two major Romantic poets also gave to the age, the healing power of nature, the relationship that nature has with humankind and the idea that whoever is close to nature is close to God. Mysticism and the renewed awareness that humans are in a nature-filled world from which they came and to which they long to return, imbue the work of these three poets who embody the spirit of the Romantic Age.

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Fiero, Gloria K. The Humanist Tradition,…

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Fiero, Gloria K. The Humanist Tradition, Book 5: Romanticism, Realism, and the Nineteenth-Century World. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2002.

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