The Collective History Of Scotland

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Both Robert Burns and William Wordsworth use the past in their poetry to inspire readers to change their future but the two poets go about it in very different ways. Burns focuses on the collective history of Scotland, drawing on its folk songs, national heroes and culture to create revolutionary sentiment in his readers. Wordsworth sits at almost the other end of the spectrum he focuses in on the past of individuals and how their futures could be changed through their mind-sets. Unlike Wordsworth, who forges a connection with nature through quiet contemplation and observation of the natural world, Burns’ connection with nature is mediated through his experiences working on farms. This means that both authors approach nature and the Earth in very different ways. Wordsworth calls upon the readers to leave the cities they inhabit and to go out into the country, in order to meditate on the emotions and experiences brought about by truly looking at the landscape. While this is one way to expand one’s mind it was not achievable by most of the urban working class of the time. Wordsworth, as a member of the upper classes, had more leisure time to go out into the countryside and there to do but experience the scenery. The Urban working class of this era would not have had the free time to do so. They were busy working long hours doing hard physical labour almost every day. To take this time off would have cost them in missed hours they could have been working and money they could
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