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Romantic Themes And Images Used By William Wordsworth

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Romantic literature, like other genres, shares similar literary elements that unify a certain style of poetry. William Wordsworth, a Romantic poet, used images of nature along with themes of idealism expressed with emotion in his poetry. These elements that Wordsworth used were very typical of other Romantic work's themes and images. Without Wordsworth's use of them, his poetry would have a completely different effect.One element in Romantic literature that is very prevalent is images of nature and the speaker embracing it. William Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" is a poem about a man who comes back to natural setting and realizes its profound beauty and him ...view middle of the document...

He begins in line 1 telling the reader that, "The world is too much with us" saying that we cannot ignore something that is a huge part of our lives. He continues telling the reader that humanity is giving away our hearts for trivial material possessions and says, "For this, for everything, we are out of tune." To end the poem Wordsworth seems to be yearning for the reader to understand how great of a factor nature is in our lives by stating, "Great God! I'd rather be/A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; /So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, / Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn." This demonstrates how he feels that people should dismiss the material aspects of life and become more connected to the world and its natural pleasures.Romantic poetry strays most from the traditional poetry of that time by the speaker expressing their thoughts with emotion. Instead of being a formal work that was meant for other people to read, it was a personal account that was only meant to capture the sentiment that the speaker was experiencing. In William Wordsworth's...

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