Wordsworth Human Mind And Nature

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In many of William Wordsworth's poems he shows a correlation between the human mind and outer nature. In the following essay the question of what he believes exists between the two ( human mind and nature)will be examined. Quotations from his work will be used to exemplify the philosophy of this essay.

Wordsworth through his poems seems to convey a certain emotional unevenness, his emotions fluctuate rather rapidly poem to poem. As he develops as a person and a poet; his emotions and his view on nature influence one another.

" To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much it grieved my heart to think What man has made of man"� (PG.226 stanza 2, 1798) This quotation from "Lines Written in Early Spring"� shows Wordsworth belief that there is a link between nature and the human soul ( or mind ). He states the soul as running through him, which seems kind of odd.

Almost as though he despises himself in a sense. He goes on to say how he feels ashamed of "what man has made of man"�. In this stanza he contradicts his later work. If nature and the human mind are so linked then how is it that nature hasn't affected "what man has made of man"� .

The overall effect of the poem seems to rank nature in a class of its own when being compared to man and the human mind.

"The budding twigs spread out their fan, To catch the breezy air; And I must think, do all I can, That there was a pleasure there."� (PG.226 stanza 5, 1798) In this stanza there is a sensation of inspiration that triggers the human mind. The observation of nature's beauty in less than perfect conditions, gives the...



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