William Wordsworth's Connection With Nature And The Magnificence Of Nature

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The Romantic poets’ philosophy included the idea that children maintained a complete appreciation and awe-filled wonder and connection with nature that involved both “seeing” and “feeling” the beauty surrounding them. When a child comes into the world and before beginning its journey in life, it possesses an innocence, and one could even say, ignorance, about the world that enables it to only see the glory and splendor of nature around it. As exemplified by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, many of the Romantics believed that one loses complete appreciation, whether in "seeing" or "feeling" the magnificence of nature, as he or she matures into an adult; however, only one of the senses enables an individual to hold a connection with nature and find enduring and sustaining strength.…show more content…
In line 9, the speaker states, “[the] things which I have seen I now can see no more,” referring to the “glory and the freshness of a dream,” that at one time during his childhood held an aesthetic beauty that only the “celestial light” paralleled (NAEL, D 337). Throughout the poem, the speaker describes marvelous and breath-taking aspects of nature, but affirms that the awe has “past away” through the hardships and difficult experiences of life: What though the radiance which was once so
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