The Prelude, By William Wordsworth

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Mind and Imagination An elevated concentration to the way the mind works is without a doubt one of the most significant attributes of Romantic poetry. In William Wordsworth’s poem, The Prelude, the poet allows several memories from his youth to be brought up again in his adulthood and looks to grasp onto these certain influences that have assisted in establishing his mind and could potentially help him become the best poet possible. John Keats described his idea of imagination to a friend in an 1877 letter: “I am certain of nothing save the holiness of the heart 's affections and the truth of the imagination. What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth, whether it existed before or not.” The obsession that Keats had with the imaginative idea to escape from everyday life led him to write The Fall of Hyperion. Both poets use cognitive interpretations as a way to express inner beliefs about the human mind or imagination. Like mentioned in class, Wordsworth begins with his alienation experiences in Prelude 1 and concludes with his adjustment statements in Prelude 11 and 13 and Keats’ development within The Fall shows the start of a happy innocence into a rather painful maturity. Like mentioned above, Wordsworth writes The Prelude as a tool in which to show exactly how youthful memories are able to be turned into something very constructive in adulthood. “The poem is not only the record of those memories, but records, with great sensitivity, the very process
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