Imagination, Perception and the Experience of Nature in Literature

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Imagination, Perception and the Experience of Nature in Literature
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I am a psychology student with an English minor. While the combination seems odd at first glance, the two studies actually compliment each other quite nicely. I have always been fascinated by the way in which writing can reflect the inner workings of an author's mind, by the way it effects the reader in such a profound, defamiliarizing way, as well as by the way that it can be used to explore the many facets of human nature in a much more effective way than any research study. Because of this thought process I have been particularly interested in several of the poets that we have looked at and their exploration of the effects of the forces of
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He also notes however that he does not mourn the change. While the "aching joys" (l.85) that the scene evoked in the past are gone, they have been replaced by "other gifts" (l.87) that Wordsworth holds more valuable. He explains that he has "learned / To look on nature not as in the hour / Of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes / The still, sad music of humanity" (ll.89-92). And it is due to the discrepancy in the way that he perceives the scene of the Wye valley that he is able to reflect on, and consider his progress.


Wordsworth's exploration of the agent of change in his experience of the Wye valley over time leads him to recognition of the roles of both the imagination (or the human mind) and the physical senses in perception. Wordsworth recognizes that the perception of nature that he had as a young man has changed and he is able to connect this change with his own maturation. He recognizes the role of "eye and ear (both what they half-create / And what they perceive)" (Tintern Abbey, ll.107-108) in this experience. He also recognizes the interplay between the senses and the mind in stating that nature "can so inform / The mind that is within us" (ll.126-127) resulting in his "cheerful faith that all which we behold is full of blessings" (ll.134-135). In turn, this faith has the power to make…