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Discuss Wordsworth's and Coleridge's attitudes to nature in Their poetry with particular reference to Resolution and Independence (The Leech Gatherer) and This Lime Tree Bower my prison.

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Discuss Wordsworth's and Coleridge's attitudes to nature in Their poetry with particular reference to Resolution and Independence (The Leech Gatherer) and This Lime Tree Bower my prison Coleridge and Wordsworth are both now referred to as Romantic poets, during the romanticism period there was a major movement of emphasis in the arts towards looking at the world and recognising the beauty of human's emotions and imaginations and the world in which we live. From the 18th century some saw imagination as a disease of which most poets suffered, for others imagination was the ability to remember or draw something that wasn't directly present. Coleridge speaks of the imagination as 'The distinguishing characteristic of man as a human being' (In his 'Essay of Education') Wordsworth defines imagination as the 'clearest insight, amplitude of mind, / an reason in her most exalted mood' in book fourteen of the prelude. One of the characteristics of Romanticism is exploring the relationship between nature and human life. Both Wordsworth and Coleridge focus's on this strongly in there poems. They examine nature and how it effects mans imagination and mind. For this they were highly criticised. They looked inside mans imagination rather than intellect. ...read more.

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Wordsworth draws from nature to give us a description of the man. "motionless as a cloud the old man stood" Wordsworth also refers to clouds in his poem "Daffodils" when he states "I wandered lonely as a cloud" Clouds are symbolic of dreams and fantasy and this can lead to the imagination and surrealism. Wordsworth is looking for a natural comparison in this natural place. You cannot however touch or grasp a cloud, this is how Wordsworth feels about this man, distanced. This description lasts for two stanzas emphasising Wordsworths first impression. Stanza 9 shows how out of place the man appears on the moor and stanza 10 describes his body positioning through the appearance of a great weight placed upon him "A more than human weight upon his framne had cast" The man doesn't seem alive because his is so still, yet another comparison to nature as nature can often seem entirely still in this so busy world. He is also extremely ill which projects feelings of pity and care instantly towards the old man. There are also religious links "their pilgrimage" and the "constraint of pain or rage" something is preventing, constraining him form moving on, suggesting possibly him constaining form death, from being with god. ...read more.

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Shine in the slant beams in the sinking orb" In imagining this for Lamb, Coleridge is overcome with joy himself. He begins to look around himself, anjoying the nature which is all around him. "A delight Comes sudden on my heart." He is not missing out on nature. He is part of it. It has come to him. He has been soothed just by being there without even noticing it at first. There is beauty all around him. There is a small image of nature right infront of him which he was too blind to see at first through his anger and frustration. The Bower is filled with radiance and sublimity and as he feels happy and content he is sure Lamb will feel the same. Nature has stimulated and revived his spirits. he is impressed by what surrounds him and the silence which is aiding his reflection: "Wheels silent by, and not a swallow twitters, Yet still the solitary humble-bee Sings in the bean-flower!" Coleridge realises that nature has never deserted him and he was stupid to think so. HE describes nature as a power that can influence peoples lives and something that links together everything. Nature has linked him with his friends on their walk and at the end of the poem Coleridge is sure that Lamb will have seen the sunset too. There for joining them in matrimony. ...read more.

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