Transcendentalism: The Theme Of Nature And Nature By William Wordsworth

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Nature is part and parcel of God, a great moral teacher, guardian, the best mother and nurse of man” – William Wordsworth
1.1 Abstract
Transcendentalism is mostly an unexplored territory in literature. Despite a plethora of literature comprising elements of nature, of which it is an integral part of. Transcendentalism, simply put “is an idealistic philosophical and social movement which developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism. Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living. (Oxford dictionaries). A gift of insight, intuition and inspiration bestowed upon to revel in the world
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What sets William Wordsworth’s attitude towards nature in his poetry, apart from his other contemporaries?
4. How the element of transcendentalism employs the theme of nature? And elevates the poetry of Wordsworth?
1.4 Hypothesis
It is true that nature has forever been a source of inspiration for poets throughout history. Yet it has also come under observation that often nature in poetry has been associated with the idle mind as opposed to the idyllic. Not enough has been done to highlight and prove the healing power of nature through composing poetry. It is therefore hypothesized that despite the dismissal of the cathartic powers of nature in poetry, William Wordsworth has managed to successfully enhance the element of transcendentalism, nature and healing through his poetic works.
1.5 Rationale of the study
The research will aim to highlight how William Wordsworth has evoked the divinity of nature and explored transcendentalism in his renowned poems, in particular “I wandered lonely as a cloud (also known more popularly as Daffodils)”, “To a skylark”, “It is a beauteous evening, calm and free” and “The world is too much with us,” The work will be analyzed keeping in mind the core theme of dissertation.

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