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illiam ordsworth: A ordsmith for All Time
Harold Bloom in his book Genius: A Mosaic of One Hundred Exemplary Creative Minds says "ordsworth remains, in the twenty-first century, what he has been these last two hundred years: the inventor of a poetry that has been called, at intervals, Romantic, post Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern, yet essentially is one phenomenon: the replacement of subject matter by the poet's subjectivity" (377). It is for this reason that ordsworth was chosen as the subject of this paper.

This paper will focus on some of the important events in ordsworth's life as well as analyze two of his works, The orld is Too Much with Us (1807) and It is a beauteous evening, calm and free (1807). Furthermore, the paper will examine oodworth's reputation over time.

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illiam ordsworth was born on April 7, 1770 in Cumberland, a place in the Lake District of England. He was the….

illiam ordsworth, 1770-1850, is considered one of the great English poets and leader of the Romantic Movement in England (ordsworth pp). He was a defining member of the Romantic Movement in England and like other Romantics, his personality and poetry were heavily influenced by his love of nature, particularly the scenic area of Lake Country where he spent most of his adult life (Complete pp). ordsworth was an honest philosopher who displayed a sincerity that was tempered with a love and appreciation of simplicity (Complete pp).
After graduation from Cambridge, ordsworth traveled abroad, where he fell in love with Annette Vallon in France, with whom he had a daughter, Caroline, although he and Annette never married (ordsworth pp). ordsworth was strongly influenced by the spirit of the French Revolution and the principles of Rousseau and republicanism (ordsworth pp). A year after returning to England, he published "An Evening alk," ... "Fair….

In essence, Wordsworth sees nature as a form of both physical as well as spiritual rejuvenation and transformation.
In Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey he goes on to describe the gift of nature as follows:

To them I may have owed another gift,

Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,

In which the burthen of the mystery,

In which the heavy and the weary weight

Of all this unintelligible world,

Is lightened.

( "Tintern Abbey." Lines 36-41)

It is through the imaginative experience of nature that he encounters a "blessed mood" that makes him aware of the underlying power and mystery of reality. This could be described as a 'mystical experience' or a spiritual awakening that is obscured by the humdrum noise and activity of modern life. In the presence of nature he becomes aware of himself as a "living soul" who sees "… into the life of things." ("Tintern Abbey." Lines 36-49) This phrase….

William Wordsworth and obert Frost
Humanity has many given failings, foremost of which is the failure to look past the concrete and acutely relate to the spiritual potential that manifests within. Through the lack of this abstract hindsight, Nature and the Sea are strangers to mankind, open only should mankind return to a direct sense of awareness in its environment. William Wordsworth's poem "The world is too much with us" and obert Frost's poem "Neither out far nor in deep" both touch upon these human failings. While the themes are generally the same, the methods and imagery called upon to discuss mankind and Nature differ somewhat.

William Wordsworth -- The World is Too Much with Us

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

This Sea that bares her bosom….

.."(ordsworth, 428) Nature thus becomes an all-powerful voice for the youth, who can now understand its sacredness and its true meaning as the personification of God's love on earth. As Gaskell observes therefore, there is clearly a mutual interdependence between the spirit of Nature and that of man: "The relationship between Nature and the mind is one of mutual dependence. Ontologically they are equally real; neither has, nor should have, priority."(Gaskell, 36) for ordsworth, the love of nature is the very structuring force of his development as a poet. The self can only evolve through its relationship with the whole, with the mighty voice of the universe and of God himself.
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Gaskell, Ronald. ordsworth's Poem of the Mind: An Essay on 'The Prelude'. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1991.

Harding, Anthony John. "ordsworth's Prelude, Tracey Emin, and Romantic Autobiography." ordsworth Circle 34.2 (Spring 2003): 59(7).

Philmus, Robert M. "ordsworth and the interpretation of….

illiam ordsworth as the quintessential Romantic poet - a man in love with the idea of a simple life lived close to nature - that we are apt to overlook the fact that his relationship with nature is in fact a somewhat ambivalent one, or at least a complex one. hile ordsworth will always be known for the clarity and undiluted Romanticism of "Tintern Abbey," to assume that his stance vis-a-vis nature in this poem constitutes an adequate description of all of his connections to and understandings of the external world does him a disservice. To do so would be to equate his passion for the natural world and the necessity of direct human connection to nature for a simple-minded sort of tendency to ramble on about beauty. Rather, if we look beyond "Tintern Abbey" to the whole body of his work, we came to a fuller understanding of….

The same is true of politics, where there are few women political leaders, and the United States has never seen a woman president or vice-president. It is interesting to note that Wollstonecraft hopes women will "grow more and more masculine" in order to compete with men, and yet, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been criticized for that very attribute, pointing to how little real difference there is between today and Wollstonecraft's time.
To continue that theme, Wordsworth's poem "The World is Too Much With Us" also carries themes and images that mirror events in today's society. Wordsworth's short poem decries the lack of respect for the natural world and the greed and power that seemed to permeate society at the time, and led to the activities of the French evolution and other rebellions against tyranny and inequality. He writes, "Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers / Little we….

illiam ordsworth illustrates the narrator's love of life. His "heart leaps up" when he sees a rainbow, indicating his affection for natural beauty. Moreover, he hopes his sense of awe and appreciation of all aspects of living continues throughout his life. This is what the narrator calls "natural piety," a type of spiritual devotion that comes not from organized religion but through nature and introspection. In this poem, "natural piety" is also associated with childhood and innocence. Children experience the world with fresh eyes, untainted by dogma or the bitterness that often accompanies adulthood. hen ordsworth says, "The child is the father of the man," he implies that children are often wiser and more attuned to spirituality than adults are because of this natural innocence.
Therefore, this poem is part prayer, part assertion: the narrator hopes that his days will be filled with this sense of wonderment, for he fears….

" The narrator fails to convince the little girl that her two dead siblings are any different than the ones who are alive and away from home. Moreover, the narrator fails to destroy the little girl's optimism and sense of innocence. The narrator is a jaded man who clings to a belief that death is final. Although he affirms that a "simple child" "feels its life in every limb," he cannot stretch his consciousness to embrace the girl's point-of-view. The girl simply defines death differently than the narrator.
Therefore, Wordsworth explains two highly different worldviews. Wordsworth demonstrates the irony inherent in civilization through the dialogue between the man and the little girl. No one knows what death means and yet the narrator is determined to prove the girl wrong. Both the man and the girl are stubborn, clinging to their beliefs about life and death. Logically, however, neither one is wrong.….

illiam ordsworth
In "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," illiam ordsworth explores what he believes to be the search for truth in art. His claim rests on the assertion that "all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings" (ordsworth 19). ordsworth clearly equates the creation of poetry as an outward expression of an inner emotion or experience. His theory supports the fact that poetry is not simply something that is to be written but that it be read and understood by every man. This paper will examine how ordsworth reaches this conclusion and successfully proves his points.

ordsworth begins his "preface to Lyrical Ballads" by focusing on issues of style. He claims, "Humble and rustic life was generally chosen, because, in that condition, the essential passions of the heart find a better soil in which they can attain their maturity, are less under restraint, and speak a plainer and more emphatic language"….

"uonaparte" elucidates clearly how Nature and social interaction bring about human freedom and social progress.
The analysis of "Tables Turned" and "uonaparte" brings into focus the important points that make up Wordsworth's political views. His consistent criticism of the Enlightenment, rationalization, modernization, and the French Revolution demonstrates his belief that the path towards rationalization of society has brought greater adverse rather than beneficial effects. In the texts that follow, the main themes that emerged from the analysis of the two poems are discussed exclusively to provide greater understanding of Wordsworth's political ideology between the periods 18th and 19th centuries. These themes are identified as follows: the French Revolution, tyranny as a consequence of misguided need to attain individual freedom, the fall of human society as it succumbed to modernization and rationalization, and lastly, the path towards savagery instead of social progress as a result of political conflict that emerged during….

omanticism
"omance," "omanticism" and "omantic" are three related words frequently utilized rather loosely by literature readers and hence requiring some clear definition. The most important fact is these words are always written with the first letter capitalized to differentiate them from the words "romantic"and "romance" -- words which are generally used to denote erotically intensified conditions and events or love stories. While omances commonly do contain love interests, it isn't a prerequisite for this genre. Similarly, omantic poets don't just address experiences of love and love affairs; their poems revolve around the entire continuum of experiences of humanity.

omanticism, meanwhile, represented an intellectual and artistic movement between the late 18th-century and 19 thcentury. The emphasis of this movement was powerful emotions, which formed the fountainhead of aesthetic experiences. Especially emphasized were emotions like fear, consternation, terror, and wonder experienced in the face of nature's sublime-ness. omanticism elevated language, tradition and folk art,….

poetical parallel of William Wordsworth and it is fairly widely believed that Wordsworth exerted a profound influence on Frost particularly on his poems of nature. Both Frost and Wordsworth share similarities and dissimilarities in philosophy and style.
For Frost, for instance, his poetry "begins in delight and ends in wisdom," whereas Wordsworth's poetry "begins in delight and ends in delight." Wordsworth occasionally seems more flat. Frost, sometimes, seems more egotistical.

Frost also does not always involve himself as subject matter in his poetry and dissimilarity in style from that of Wordsworth is that he is more conversational although both poets avoided the grandiloquent tone assumed by poets such as hakespeare. Frost's poem, A Boy's Will, for instance, is extraordinary in its down-to-earth treatment of the subject and informal cadence of the lyrics. Wordsworth's poems are simple too. The main difference here, however, is that Frost's poems, though seeming simple on the….

Romantic era poets like Coleridge and ordsworth both relied heavily on nature imagery to convey core themes, and often nature became a theme unto itself. In "To illiam ordsworth," Coleridge writes accolades for his friend using many of the tropes of Romanticism, including the liberal use of nature metaphors to commend ordsworth's creativity. The metaphors are mainly encapsulated by the spirit of springtime and the ebbing of energy that seasonal rebirth entails. Elements of nature in "To illiam ordsworth" include the tumultuous transition from winter into spring, with its attendant storms, as well as the swelling and ebbing of energy that comes from the act of gestation, procreation, and birth.
In "To illiam ordsworth," Coleridge shows that poetry and the act of creating poetic verse is akin to the mystery of creation itself. Coleridge uses analogies of pregnancy and birth to underscore the parallel between creative writing in poetic format and….

ordsworth and Coleridge's Response To Nature
Nature has played an important role in inspiring poets throughout time and illiam ordsworth's involvement in discussing this topic is especially intriguing, considering the strong connection that the poet seems to have with the natural world. By taking into account Samuel Taylor Coleridge's perspective on ordsworth's writings, one can gain a more complex understanding concerning the latter's feelings with regard to the environment. ordsworth practically worshipped nature and this is reflected by most of his poems, especially considering that the emotions he described make him one of the Romantic era's greatest nature lovers.

This proposal is meant to discuss with regard to the relationship between ordsworth and Coleridge and to how this respective relationship was deeply influenced by the feelings that the two poets experienced with regard to nature. Coleridge's poem "To illiam ordsworth" actually relates to how the poet understood his friend and how he….

Early Life and Influences

Born on August 30, 1797, in London, to the philosopher William Godwin and the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft.
Mother died shortly after childbirth, leaving a significant void in Mary's life.
Raised by her father and stepmother, she received an unconventional education that emphasized rationalism and intellectual independence.
Influenced by the Romantic movement and the works of poets like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Marriage to Percy Bysshe Shelley

Met Percy Bysshe Shelley, a radical poet, in 1814.
Eloped with him to Europe in 1816, defying societal norms.
Traveled extensively, often in the company of Lord Byron.
Faced....

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William Wordsworth and Robert Frost Humanity Has

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William Wordsworth Weaves Juxtaposing Imagery

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Philosophy of William Wordsworth

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William Wordsworth and Daffodils

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Poem To William Wordsworth by Coleridge

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Wordsworth and Coleridge's Response to Nature

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