What according to Wordsworth is the relationship in his poems between feelings and action?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Macbeth, Shakespeare throws out a great line about how one's "function should not be smothered by surmise."  The implication is that action and feelings are two different entities.  Romanticism did not preach such an element, but rather sought to bring thought and action together.  Romanticism was a response to Neoclassicist theory and the Scientific Revolution.  In both of these movements, thought, calculation, and deduction were praised and lauded.  Quantification and collectivization in terms of social conformity and acceptance became extrapolations of this mentality.  Consequently, emotion was not as highly praised, primarily because it could not be quantified.  Romanticism vigorously responded against this by praising emotion and action.  The Romantic thinkers sought to infuse individuality and individual action back into the dialogue.  The implication was that as opposed to calculating and seeking to analyze elements, Romanticists simply wanted passionate and intense action.  Feelings and emotions became the defining elements to Romanticism.  In many of Wordsworthian poems, we can see the idea feelings and actions.  For example, the poem "Daffodils" creates a setting where he sought to integrate his actions in accordance to the beauty of the natural world.  In "The Tables Turned," Wordsworth speaks to a student who is studying to "quit your books" and embrace individual action to define meaning.  Finally, it is Wordsworth to demand that individuals should "see into the life of things," which would suggest that feelings and actions can be geared towards a successful end if they are driven in the pursuit of individual identity and voice.