Deism and Dualism
Deism is a distinct Romantic concept in Britain. William Wordsworth is a poet that wrote according to the deist morals. Throughout his works it is apparent that Deism conflicts with Christian doctrine of the time and how it changed the way nature was looked at. Dualism also affected the way religion was viewed during the romantic period. William Blake's perspective on religion in his poetry was some what different than Wordsworth's views. Deism
Deism is defined by the belief in the existence of a God or supreme being but denies revealed religion, basing belief on the light of nature and reason. (Deism Defined) It affected the Christian doctrine because it disproves written forms such as the Bible. Explaining that all religion was to be derived from within nature. William Wordsworth expresses deist beliefs throughout his poetry. A concrete example being "The world is too much with us"; "I'd rather be a pagan suckled in a creed outworn.(Wordsworth)"
Wordsworth also used personification in the poetry giving more depth and room for personal interpretation to be gathered from his works, "This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon; The winds that will be howling at all hours.(Wordsworth)" The Deist beliefs include nature on a level that of which God is within everything. Dualism
The dualism of spirit and flesh justified itself in terms of the philosophical distinctions of "subjective and objective" and "form and matter" . . . (Classics in the History of Psychology) William Blake is trying to explain how God creates light and dark in his poems "The Lamb," and "The Tyger." "Did he who made the Lamb make thee?(Blake)"
Deism Defined February 22 2007
Classics in the History of Psychology February 22 2007
Stilligner, Lynch, ed. The Norton Anthology , Eighth ed. Volume 2. New York: New York, 2006 2 vol.
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