Discuss Wordsworth's attitude towards nature in "The Prelude."

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Nature is a source of beauty, peace, and inspiration to William Wordsworth in "The Prelude."

Nature is, first and foremost, beautiful. Wordsworth uses a great deal of nature imagery when describing his childhood surroundings and explains how much joy he found in exploring and existing in such a beautiful place. He appreciates everything from the hills and flowers to the lakes and rivers. There is never an aspect of nature that he finds unappealing.

Nature is also a source of peace for Wordsworth. He says that there is "a calm that Nature breathes among the hills and groves." It calms his soul when he is doubting or unhappy. As he grew up, he was better able to understand that nature was more than a beautiful refuge. It was a place where he could escape from the troubles of the world. Nature guided him when he needed guidance and soothed him when he felt upset.

Wordsworth's connection with nature gives him a great deal of inspiration. He says that "Nature by extrinsic passion first peopled my...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on November 27, 2019