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What would be an appropriate conclusion to an essay about Wordsworth's love for nature?

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To answer this question accurately, it would be important to know what major points you made throughout the body of the essay regarding Wordsworth’s love for nature.

All strong conclusions of academic papers begin with a short summary of the major points of the writer’s argument. So to begin, you would need to be able to do this with your specific points.

As a writer, the function of your conclusion is to leave your audience with a final thought. To write an effective conclusion on this topic, ask yourself what you want your intended audience to take away from your essay immediately after reading it. I often refer to this as the writer’s “mic drop” moment.

For instance, if your purpose is to connect Wordsworth’s art with his philosophy, you could do what the other educator response suggests and quote from his lengthy autobiographical work. If your purpose is to underscore the parallel between Wordsworth’s art and the natural world, you might quote one of his more famous nature-related poems.

Writing an effective conclusion for your essay depends on what you want to achieve, so be sure to consider these factors.

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I think that a solid conclusion about Wordsworth's love for nature would be to underscore irs elemental position in his work.  Quoting from his Preface to Lyrical Ballads might help here.  Wordsworth makes clear that the love of nature that he embodies is part of his pursuit of poetic beauty.  The subject matter of his work was consistently the display of "humble and rustic life."  The Primitivist philosophy he advocates is rooted in a love of nature.  It is the realm of perfection that enables the viewer to "see into the life of things."  It might be good to integrate these ideas into your conclusion because it helps to underscore his basic philosophic tenets in regards tot he role of nature in his work and the love he holds towards it.  For Wordsworth, the driving force of poetry was to recapture a "state of nature" where human beings and the world around them was devoid of corruption and impurity that exists now.  The reverence for nature is a part of this.  Bringing this out in the conclusion of the paper helps to make clear this fundamental precept his philosophical and poetic positions.

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