William Wordsworth's Use of Nature
William Wordsworth was known as the poet of nature. He devoted his life to poetry and used his feeling for nature to express him self and how he evolved.
Wordsworth had two simple ideas that he put into his writing of poetry. One was that “poetry was the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” The second idea was that poets should describe simple scenes of nature in the everyday words, which in turn would create an atmosphere through the use of imagination (Compton 2).
Wordsworth is deeply involved with the complexities of nature and human reaction to it. To Wordsworth nature is the revelation of god through viewing everything that is harmonious or beautiful in nature. Man’s true character is then formed and developed through participation in this balance. Wordsworth had the view that people are at their best when they are closest to nature. Being close creates harmony and order. He thought that the people of his time were getting away from that.
In poetry the speaker describes his feelings of what he sees or feels. When Wordsworth wrote he would take everyday occurrences and then compare what was created by that event to man and its affect on him. Wordsworth loved nature for its own sake alone, and the presence of Nature gives beauty to his mind, again only for mind’s sake (Bloom 95). Nature was the teacher and inspirer of a strong and comprehensive love, a deep and purifying joy, and a high and uplifting thought to Wordsworth (Hudson 158). Wordsworth views everything as living. Everything in the world contributes to and sustains life nature in his view.
This can be seen in the following quote from Wordsworth, “He who feels contempt for any living thing hath faculties which he has never used” (Quoted Hudson 159).
Wordsworth uses nature in a majority of his poems. He uses different aspects of nature, but always nature shines through. In the poem “Stray Pleasures” Wordsworth writes about spring and things that are visible in spring.
The showers of the Spring
Rouse the birds, and they sing;
If the wind do but stir for his proper delight,
Each leaf, that and this, his neighbor will kiss;
Each wave, one and t’other, speeds after his brother:
They are happy, for that is their right!
In the previous passage Wordsworth touches several different aspects of nature. Wordsworth writes of leaves, rain and waves. These things are typically considered nature, but things such as the birds are typically not. This is what Wordsworth does so wonderfully, considered everything a part of nature and conveys this to the reader. Another talent that Wordsworth has is convincing the reader that everything is alive. Ordinarily the reader would consider such things as showers a part of nature but not alive. Wordsworth gives nature to things that are not nature and life to things that are not alive. He writes of the waves as they come in to shore and as one crashes another one follows. He...