• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Wordsworth and Coleridge saw themselves as "worshippers of nature." How is this demonstrated in Lyrical Ballads?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Wordsworth and Coleridge saw themselves as "worshippers of nature." How is this demonstrated in Lyrical Ballads? (an exam-style essay) Themes relating to nature are instrumental in the poetry collection Lyrical Ballads by William Wordworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As part of the Romantic movement, both poets strongly believed in a power and supreme beauty of nature and the education it can impart onto man, and their works in Lyrical Ballads demonstrate this. In 'The Dungeon', Coleridge demonstrates his view that nature has healing properties and that it would be a more effective method of rehabilitating criminals than the usual method of locking them away in prison would be - an elevated view of nature and its power. He justifies this opinion using glorious imagery describing nature as he sees it, with the intent of portraying its complete beauty. Thy sunny hues, fair forms, and breathing sweets, Thy melodies of woods, and winds, and waters, Coleridge also uses a direct contrast and juxtaposition with this and the dark imagery used in the first stanza to emphasise the beauty of nature. ...read more.

Middle

To this end, he uses a affable and conversational style ("Up! Up! My friend, and quit your books") to mimic the emotive encouraging of one man to another to leave their studying aside and go out into nature. In this conversational style he abandons the pretence and subtlety that are commonplace in classical poetry, and tries to persuade the reader of the much greater value of experiencing nature, in contrast to the irrelevance of books, through such passages as "Let Nature be your teacher". The personification of nature throughout serves to further emphasise the fact that it can be a superior substitute for conventional education, and has a far greater knowledge to impart than its perceived inanimateness would suggest. In the last two stanzas, a different tone is adopted as Wordsworth ceases his direct plea and talks of, using emotive language such as "murder", how humanity's "meddling intellect" and study of, amongst other things, nature, has distorted and lessened its beauty. To conclude the poem, he uses the metaphor of books being "barren leaves" (dead and of little value), in contrast with the previous personification of nature and its rich portrayal of being beautiful and very much alive. ...read more.

Conclusion

Throughout Lyrical Ballads, unsophisticated form and structures are used, such as in The Dungeon, which is written in simple blank verse, a style of writing very similar to normal everyday speech and in The Nightingale, which is subtitled "a conversational poem." This form is used to help convey that their poetry can be ordinary and be understood by ordinary people, and that its themes are relevant to all. In the case of The Dungeon, this idea is then emphasise by the use of a prisoner as the main character; elevated and unrealistic characters are not used; the likes of whom were prominent in classical poetry, which Wordsworth and Coleridge undoubtedly viewed as out of the reach of the normal person. This shows that the poets wanted their message to reach as many people as possible, and it not bypass some who would be put off by more formal poetry. It is also in keeping with the Romantic belief that wisdom is not to be found in books, sciences and the arts, but in nature itself. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level William Wordsworth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level William Wordsworth essays

  1. William Wordsworth and Robert Frost - Views on nature.

    For the short time that Frost was in the woods all his worries, duties and obligation where left being in the outskirts. That to me would be complete bliss. Frost emphasises his hesitation to leave when he says 'But have promises to keep.'

  2. Form and meaning of The Daffodils by W.Wordsworth and Miracle on St.David’s Day by ...

    The mood is then changed, slightly tense. The poem style is confusing, as there is a lot of a contrast used. Clarke contrasts the look of the patients to their mental illnesses. She has already referred to them as "the insane". "A beautiful chestnut-haired boy listens entirely absorbed. A schizophrenic."

  1. How does Wordsworth convey a London of light, life and liberty in the poem ...

    A scene of the open country, not one of the constrained city. In the second line, liberty is conveyed through the impression of an open vista of fields, stretching into the hazed distance and meeting the immensity of the sky.

  2. Lyrical Ballads - Nature essay

    Giving the impression that nature seems to share its pleasure and joy with those that are in harmony with it, that experience it. Nature is also contrasted to human activity, it is seen as a representation of the freedom that society has lost through the demanding modern lifestyle.

  1. How does Wordsworth portray real people in The Lyrical Ballads?

    In Michael, a poem about a father and son who form an eternal bond (Michael, an eighty-year old shepherd, and Luke, his son), Wordsworth portrays the relationship between the two. The first indication we receive of the tight-knit paternal bond is the use of language when describing Michael's care for Luke.

  2. English essay about Worthwords

    As he takes the paths so dear to him Wordsworth is not only taking the path because he takes pleasure of the landscape, but it's a path which takes him to his lover. Additionally in the 3rd stanza Wordsworth explores ideas and thoughts about the intensity of passion humans can

  1. How is the theme of Childhood presented in The Lyrical Ballads?

    The girl however does not see death in that manner. Although she is aware that they are dead, she is not able to properly understand what this means. As the author says "What should it know of death?" To her, even though they are dead, they are still her brother

  2. Free essay

    How do Coleridge and Wordsworth present human suffering in the 'Lyrical Ballads'?

    she is subject to gossip, resulting in the abhorrent suggestions made about her actions towards her child. Although it is not clearly illustrated in the poem that her suffering is amplified by her exile, the overall sense is that of a woman who is lost, and has no one to turn to.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work