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According to William Wordsworth,what is the enchantment in nature?

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arjun | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted February 18, 2013 at 2:51 AM via web

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According to William Wordsworth,what is the enchantment in nature?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 18, 2013 at 1:33 PM (Answer #1)

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For Wordsworth, there is an immediate connection to the natural setting.  In a world of constant mutability and change, Wordsworth finds something soothingly consistent in the natural world.  In his "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth makes it clear that the poet has an obligation to bring out the universal qualities in that which can be appreciated by everyone.  Wordsworth finds this in the natural setting.  "The permanent forms of nature, such as mountains, rivers, and clouds" is what enables Wordsworth to speak to the universal notion of truth and experience within these forms.  For Wordsworth, the poet must be able to look at these realities, "see into the life of things," and convey this to the audience.  In this, the poet connects with something larger than himself and embraces a universal experience found in the natural setting.  It is here where Wordsworth is enchanted with nature, believing it to contain the code of universal experience if a poet is committed to expressing it to both himself and the reading audience.  This ability to experience the subjective and share it objectively is where Wordsworth's enchantment with nature lies.

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