Wordsworth The Prelude Poem Analysis

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Wordsworth in his “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” states that poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions, recollected in tranquility. But what really triggered the artistic emotions within him and resulted into great masterpieces, is the Nature. Wordsworth is considered as a supreme Romantic poet and a worshipper of Nature. Nature comes to occupy in his poem a separate identity and enjoys an independent status. It is not treated into a casual or passing manner. He has a full-fledged philosophy on Nature wherein he believes that Nature is a conscious living identity. For him, a divine spirit encompasses in all objects of Nature. “Tintern Abbey” is chiefly concerned with a change in the quality of Wordsworth’s love of Nature. This change…show more content…
He looked upon Nature as a source of healing sorrow-stricken hearts. Above all, he emphasized the moral influence of Nature. He regarded her as a great moral teacher. He believed that human beings who grow up in the lap of Nature are perfect in every aspect. Wordsworth is not a poet of pure sensation. Sensation marks the beginning of his poetry and ends up in providing him with wisdom. In “The Prelude”, Wordsworth helps in demonstrating his three level of love towards Nature and how it grows and matures with the passage of time. In Book I- ‘Childhood & School-time’, he is an infant and Nature acts mere as a playground for him. He quite starkly remembers the amalgamation of sounds of Nature with that of his Nurse’s lullaby. His life was intruded by Nature but it was baffling his un-matured mind. As he enters his youth, his love of Nature becomes sensual. But his understanding of Nature did not stop at sensual level, but went beyond it. Gradual was his realization towards Nature. Nature helped in carving out wisdom within…show more content…
The experience begins off with joy and peace, but embarks on his mind a haunting experience. As he rows his boat further, he looks at a cliff whose peak seems to be constantly towering as if taking a huge and mighty form. Next episode among his memory lane is that of the time when he intended to steal Raven’s eggs, but fails to do so due to the fact that the Nature appeared to come together in order to fight its intruder. Wordsworth, on recollecting his youthful days, is able to establish his belief that Nature tried to communicate with him through such silent messages, which he was unable to decode at that time. Wordsworth with mature views on Nature, is able to identify two levels of
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