Which two poems by Williams Wordsworth emphasize commonplace subjects and a reverence for nature?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This can be found in many of Wordsworth's poems.  For example, in "The Solitary Reaper" takes a common occurrence of a woman reaping crops in a field and singing a song that mesmerizes the speaker, presumably Wordsworth.  In this instant, the speaker connects "the moment" in nature of the woman in the field and the very common action of her reaping wheat in a field while singing a song.  Within this very commonplace subject, the speaker explores complexities behind the song and its immersion in the natural setting is what allows this rumination to occur.  In a similar light, Wordsworth's "I Wandered as Lonely as a Cloud" takes the immersion in the natural setting as both commonplace and extremely powerful in delivering a notion of truth and understanding.  In this poem, the common ability to be a part of the natural world and experience its propensity for both subjective and objective truth only happens through a love of nature and the belief that what is personal can be universal.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is worth considering some of the works in William Wordsworth's "The Prelude." Commonplace subjects and a deep joy in the majesty and beauty of nature and landscape run through many of them,. For example,In one of the first ones, “School-Time,” Wordsworth focuses on the everyday joys of sports, mountain walks, and peer group and adult bonds. “Residence at Cambridge” details the strong influences of the first adult academic experiences in his life. The so-called “ministries” of nature are returned to in “Summer Vacation,” which is a work that also shows his first dedication to the vocation of the poet. Some works compare an Alpine jaunt with the claustrophobia of London and lead the poet to his discovery of relationships between man and nature.

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William Wordsworth (1770-1850), the most prominent of all the English Romantic poets, has written countless lyrics on ordinary subjects which are expressive of his love and reverence for Nature. Two of the most popular ones are: "The Solitary Reaper" and  "Daffodils."

A "reaper" is an ordinary person and no one would consider her as an appropriate subject for poetry. But Wordsworth through this simple and beautiful lyric has revealed and highlighted the poetic qualities of such an ordinary person:

Whate’er the theme, the Maiden sang
As if her song could have no ending;
I saw her singing at her work,
And o’er the sickle bending;--

Similarly, the beauty of Nature is expressed in these lines:

A voice so thrilling ne’er was heard
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird,
Breaking the silence of the seas
Among the farthest Hebrides.

Daffodils are very common and plain flowers which are found all over the English countryside and unlike the rose would not be considered as a subject for poetry. But Wordsworth through his poem "Daffodils" has created one of the most popularly anthologized poems ever. The following lines express his love of Nature:

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought