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Death Of Imagination Essay

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“Wordsworth's poetic inspiration continued with little abatement for a dozen years; but about 1815, as he himself states in his fine but pathetic poem 'Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendour,' it for the most part abandoned him. He continued, however, to produce a great deal of verse, most of which his admirers would much prefer to have had unwritten,” states Fletcher. One of Wordsworth’s most written about subjects is the death of imagination as we grow older; he relates this in his poems Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, The Prelude, The World is too much With us, and London, 1802.
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In the poem, The World is too much With Us, Wordsworth is trying to portray to the reader that as we get grow up, we forget what it’s like to imagine and be creative. Adults care too much about the world. Once we start caring, we lose all of our imagination. Adults forget what it’s like to be a kid. That is why, often, we feel like kids are too loud or wild; because we forgot what it’s like to be that carefree. Wordsworth states that all the forces of nature are out of tune. When he writes the line “We have given our hearts away; a sordid boon,” he is referencing our imagination. “Wordsworth criticizes the world of the First Industrial Revolution for being absorbed in materialism and distancing itself from nature.” states Phillips.As we grow older, we get smarter and we keep advancing forward with our lives. However, Wordsworth possesses a very interesting question—are we really advancing?

Wordsworth’s poem London, 1802, is about a man wishing that the famous John Milton would return. Duncan explains “The speaker addresses the soul of the dead poet John Milton; saying that he should be alive at this moment in history, for England needs him. England, the speaker says, is stagnant and selfish, and Milton could raise her up again.” He says that Milton could give England manners, virtue, freedom, power and power. The speaker believes that the culture is declining. The people of London are no longer happy. The speaker wishes that Milton was alive because of the simple...

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