William Wordsworth and Nature

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Wordsworth’s Connection to Nature
William Wordsworth is one of the famous authors from the Romantic era. Romanticism was an era which began to change during the French Revolution and continued through the Industrial Revolution. This genre of writing was different from previous genres. Romanticism followed little of the rules and authors were free to write as they felt. Most literature from this period was based on love, fascinations, obsessions, myths, and nature. A majority of Wordsworth’s literature expressed his obsession with nature. Three poems in which express this obsession is “Composition upon Westminster Bridge,” My heart leaps up when I behold,” and the most popular, “I wandered lonely as a Cloud.”

In Wordsworth’s poem “Composition upon Westminster Bridge,” he is consumed by the beauty of the scenery. The poem is a recollection of his travel on the Westminster Bridge in London on one early morning. Wordsworth seems to be drawn into the scenery for it is the early morning and all are still asleep and calm. While reading the poem his details and words can allow a reader to almost smell the morning mist and dew in the air. Wordsworth says, “Ne’er saw I, never felt, calm so deep!”(Anthology, pg 39) For him this scenery from the bridge was simple calmness which made him feel comfortable and safe. The scenery of the buildings and sleeping houses were just as fascinating and pure as trees in forestry. It’s as if Wordsworth is more overwhelmed and shocked by the beauty given off by landscape which is not just trees and hills. The way that everything was laid out from the houses to the to the buildings to the sun’s glow over it all just seemed to fit together perfectly as if the town being overlooked by Westminster Bridge was a completed puzzle. This view may not be the typical natural scene but it’s not unnatural.

In “My heart leaps up when I behold,” Wordsworth shares how is affected by natures beauty. The four stanzas of the poem which...
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