Nature vs. Society: Wordsworth's Romantic Poetry

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Nature Vs. Society: Wordsworth’s Romantic Poetry Over time, poetry has changed and evolved in its sense of the word nature. In its beginnings the idea of nature or natural was seen as negative and evil. However, in more recent times due to the era of Romanticism, nature in poetry is viewed in a positive and even beautiful light. William Wordsworth was a poet who wrote his poetry with a romantic attitude. Furthermore Wordsworth wrote specifically the poems “We Are Seven” (WAS) and “Three Years She Grew” (TYSG) in a style that showcased the superiority of nature over society. “We Are Seven” and “Three Years She Grew” portray a romantic attitude in their works, additionally the values placed on the natural world over the societal world…show more content…
The second poem “Three Years She Grew” has the same theme of death however, is from a different perspective. Generally, the poem is about a man who shares a love for a woman although her life is short lived. The poem is full of compliments towards nature, and to be associated is seen to be of the upmost regards. In the first stanza, the audience is hearing about how nature feels about this now young three-year-old girl also known as Lucy. Nature is ultimately personified almost as a mother figure or further Mother Nature in which “adopts” the young girl. Then Nature said, “A lovelier flower On earth was never sown; This Child I to myself will take; She shall be mine, and I will make A Lady of my own. (Wordsworth, TYSG, 2-6) In this verse, nature is choosing the young girl for it’s own, which in the natural world can be viewed as one of the best things that can happen to an individual. Also, nature marks the girl as “Lady” which invokes a class status, that of upper class. Lucy will be a natural lady, and thus does not need society’s confirmation of this, furthermore contrasting nature to society in social recognition. The second stanza also compares nature to society in the use of social laws. “Both law and impulse: and with me…/ …[s]hall feel an overseeing power/ [t]o kindle or restrain”. (Wordsworth, TYSG, 8-12) In
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