Wordsworth believed people could experience God through nature, for nature is God's creation and the outward expression of the divine soul. Wordsworth felt frustration at St. John's College, Cambridge, because he did not believe book learning fed his soul or gave him the kind of deep intuitive knowing he received wandering in the Lake District. He longed to become a poet prophet in the mold of Milton and to justify, as Milton put it, "the ways of God to man." He expressed some of his privileging of what nature could intuitively teach him in "Expostulation and Reply," where he is scolded for not attending to book learning but instead sitting "passively" in nature. He responds:
I deem that there are Powers
Which of themselves our minds impress;
That we can feed this mind of ours
In a wise passiveness.
Wordsworth believed people's souls could be elevated by contact with nature. He is sometimes called a panentheist, a person who believed nature, as said above, was infused with the divine light.
Wordsworth's Romanticism is expressed through his relationship with nature. Unlike an Enlightenment rationalist, he doesn't want to study nature by dissecting and classifying it or otherwise controlling it. He instead develops an intuitive relationship with the natural world, based on the feelings it arouses in him. He tries to communicate in his poetry the deep way nature touches his soul, for instance, in the waving dance of thousands of daffodils on an early spring day.