William Wordsworth And Lord Byron

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Disenchanted by the harsh reasoning from the Enlightenment period, originally inspired by the forces of the French Revolution, William Wordsworth and Lord Byron sought to change the poetry of the era by enriching it with emotion. William Wordsworth, known for his poem, ¨Tintern Abbey¨ elucidates a feeling of solitude throughout, as he relates to the nature around him. Contrary to Wordsworth´s work, Lord Byron creates a harsh tone by explaining the insignificance of mankind in his poem, ¨Apostrophe to the Ocean¨. Wordsworth´s poem ¨Tintern Abbey¨ exemplifies Romantic philosophy with a stronger connotation than Lord Byron 's ¨Apostrophe to the Ocean¨ through his depiction of nature, the feeling of isolation, and the reconnection with his…show more content…
The pull of the sea completely overpowers the man as he states, ¨These are thy toys, and, as the snowy flake, They melt into thy yeast of waves, which mar Alike the Armada’s pride or spoils of Trafalgar¨ (Lines 34-36) . In comparing man to a snowflake against the waves, Byron suggests the insignificance of man against the sea, thus displaying how powerful nature can be against man. On the contrary, Wordsworth´s focus on the power of the natural world while connecting it to his ¨moral being¨ sheds light to the fact that his poem more strongly represents the Romanticism philosophy. As Wordsworth deeply connects to the nature around him, he stresses the concept of the power of the mind in moments of isolation. The Romantics referred back to the concepts of individuality, Wordsworth exemplifies this philosophy as he describes a hermit near a fire and his cave. By the means of solitude, he grasps hold of the separation the hermit has from the world around him, ¨With some uncertain notice, as might seem Of vagrant dwellers in the houseless woods, Or of some hermit’s cave, where by his fire The hermit sits alone.These beauteous forms,¨ (Lines 19-23). As Wordsworth emphasizes the hermit´s physical state to the surroundings, he uses the phrase ¨where by his fire the hermit sits alone¨ to exemplify

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