What is William Wordworth's view on children and innocence in his writings?
For Wordsworth, "the child is the father of the man." There are plenty of examples where Wordsworth speaks to the fact that childhood reflects a particular instant in time that has to be revered and cherished. Wordsworth's premise of striving to establish authenticity in voice and a non- conformist sense of reality lends itself to embracing childhood as a special time when individuals can truly be themselves. In his poetry, there are many instances where Wordsworth believes that childhood and nature reflect a specific moment of perfection that allows individuals to see truth and reality in a simplistic and powerful manner. Poems such as "Tintern Abbey" or "Daffodils" would convey this in terms of reflecting simplicity and purity, elements that are seen as essential in childhood and the Romantic praising of it.
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