What is Wordsworth's view of nature?

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Wordsworth was a sincere naturalist and loved unspoiled nature for itself.  However, he also lived out a Romantic philopsphy. As a result, his poetry explores the interaction between the natural world and the human mind.  This interaction took the form of continuous cycle of contacting nature through observation and altering the "thing in itself" (Kant) through meditation.  Wordsworth was aware of the fact that human intelligence often interpreted phenomena in a manner that added to it what may not be visibly present.  One example, might be seen in his propensity to add human values to natural activities.  Such as elevating the work of ants routinely tending to an act of nobility  and wonder.  By creating a worldview based on such insights, one upon layer placed upon the next, Wordsworth came to view the world as wonder the design of which should evoke deep passion in those who correctly observe it.

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