Wednesday, February 27, 2019
William WordsworthÃ¢â¬â¢s Philosophy of Nature
William Wordsworth has respect or to a greater extent, great reverence for temper. This is pellucid in both of the poems Ode Intimations of Immortality and Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey in that, his philosophy on God, immortality and innocence are elucidated in his contact with reputation. For Wordsworth, genius had a spirit, a mind of its own, and to know is so is to experience temper with both the five senses. In both his poems there are umteen references to seeing, hearing and feeling his surroundings.He speaks of mountains, the woods, the rivers and streams, and the fields. Wordsworth realized, in each of us, there is a natural affinity for a certain setting for nature. To elaborate, a fisherman would be most comfortable in a setting where he can be beside the sea, which is beside the shore. His affinity towards nature is oriented to the sea. In the alike(p) way, a shepherd would like to be move up meadows and fields and near lush rolling hills. Wordsw orths affinity would be to mountains, woods, rivers, streams, and fields.He knew the sprit, the soul and the feel of these places for he was able to experience these places in the fullness of jejuneness (Spark nones, n. d. ). Both of these poems by Wordsworth are poems of recollection and in these recollections, Wordsworth came across something that was very immortal Nature and its soul. Though change, death and destruction might be normal occurrences that come to nature, there is re stand and continuity to life. As in death and destruction, human endeavors are also mortal and temporary when compared to nature and its spirit.Nonetheless, though these things are only mortal, or temporary, they are still as much a part of it as much as water droplets individually make up a river. Of unremembered pleasure such, perhaps,/As submit no slight or trivial influence/On that scoop out portion of a good mans life ,/His microscopic nameless, unremembered, acts (Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, stanza 2) portray life and all its endeavors as mundane to something immortal like nature and its spirit.Still these aspects of occasional life are swept away by the strong push back that binds the spirit of nature to its occupants. These sentiments are expressed in Ode as healthful Though nothing can bring back the hour/Of genius in the grass, or glory in flower/We will regret not, rather find/Strength in what remains behind/In the primal sympathy/Which having been must ever be/In that solace thought that spring/Out of human suffering (Ode Intimations of Immortality, stanza 10).Wordsworth also speaks of his warehousing of childhood or innocence retraced in communing with nature in his prominent years saying nature has the power to unearth those memories for a self-aggrandizing man to reflect upon. (Sparknotes, n. d. ) In Ode, he celebrates the gift of childhood depot or of innocence sharing the same insights in Tintern Abbey by expressing his witch t o find himself once more with nature. As a young male child he delighted in his every interaction with nature. Nature make his day.Though, times have changed, he does not mourn nor shed a tear from this bittersweet memory of childhood rather Wordsworth, reminisces with new insights or what he claims as mature gifts that comes with growing up, the childhood memories becoming more valuable by the discovery of a philosophic mind. Innocence is not all lost but can be retraced by dint of nature, nature reminding what has been lost and found. In the midst of his contemplation with nature, he discovers a removed greater power beyond humanity, the presence of God in nature, Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting Not in inbuilt forgetfulness, / And not in utter nakedness, /But trailing clouds of glory do we come / From God, who is our home/ Heaven lies about in our infancy (Ode Intimations of Immortality,stanza 5) from Ode . He discusses further the relationship of God in Nature in Ti ntern Abbey. He goes, a motion and a spirit that impels / All thinking thoughts / And rolls through all things, (Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, stanza 4) beyond nature, an sinew spurs him to weigh upon moral being.