How is nature shot through with the creative energy of god in Wordsworth's poetry?I just wanted to know how the poet is responding to nature as God's Creation. Thanks.

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

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I think that Wordsworth is fairly delicate about crediting Nature's beauty with a specific "God."  Part of the Romantic vision, of which Wordsworth was a major architect, is that the glory of all life should be revered.  The actions of an individual in the field reaping crops, the actions of a child who is imbued with a sense of innocence, or a traveller who wanders and sojourns on their own with a sense of confidence and independence are all examples of the glory to be a human being.  The natural setting and its beauty are reflective of a spirit in the universe that corresponds with the glory of these individual actions.  For example, in "Daffodils," the speaker aligns his own sense of freedom to the natural element of freedom within the flowers.  Another example is "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," in which the actions of nature are mirrored in the free actions of an individual.  Wordsworth does not claim that nature, and the actions that follow, are results of a specific divine force or design of a higher force.  This is because of his perception of religious worship.  He understands very well that traditional religious worship at the time was an act of social conformity, and something that he perceived dulled the senses of the individual, as opposed to liberating them.  In his praising of nature and glorification of the natural world, Wordsworth makes calls to "the heavens" and does acknowledge that such beauty in nature must be reflective of "the gods."  Yet, he never comes quite clean in articulating in these poems a specific denomination of a particular "God."  Rather, he cleverly links the natural beauty he experiences to something "heavenly" and something that is "of heaven."   Some have suggested that Wordsworth is a pantheist, one who believes that the natural universe and God is one.

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