William Wordswoths has strong interset in man.. clarify and illustrate?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wordsworth, like the other major poets belonging to the movement we now call Romanticism, used lyric poetry as the main vehicle for his expression.  This is a personal form of poetry, and this demonstrates the nature of Wordsworth's interest in man.  Man should use his intuition and imagination to connect with the transcendent, that which is beyond human understanding.  The transcendent was found most often in nature. 

Intuition and imagination are man's finest attributes, and are superior to reason.  Man is of vital interest to Wordsworth.  In "The World is Too Much with Us," he writes that man should not allow himself to get caught up in worldly affairs, to the neglect of his relationship with nature.  In "Tintern Abbey," he demonstrates the empowering effect nature can have on man:  leading him to acts of kindness and of love, and leading him to the sublime and to seeing the life of things.

The individual is the cornerstone of Romanticism. 

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Throughout his poetry, Wordsworth is extremely concerned with the nature of humanity and uses his ideas to forge connection with the reader as evidence of this.  Essentially, Wordsworth wishes to conceive of his work as a way to reach out to humanity in extolling the virtue and greatness of Romanticism.  Through his art, Wordsworth possesses the perfect forum to "speak" to the reader about the condition of humanity and the new door of perception that is opened through the embracing of Romantic thought.  When the reader absorbs the lessons of works such as "The Tables Turned," "The Solitary Reaper," or "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," the reader understands how much Wordsworth seeks to change the condition of man into one that absorbs Romanticism and its principles.