I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

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The power of nature; nature’s role in the Romantic’s works

Throughout William Wordsworth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and Lord Byron’s work “Darkness” both human nature and the natural are explored separately and in their cohesion. “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” mainly focuses on the blissful side of nature and the impact it had on the narrator in the moment and during the present when in reflection. However, Lord Byron’s “Darkness” illustrates the cold and brutal side of nature, how it impacts humanity, and the dark side of human nature. During the narrator’s stroll through nature in “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” the individual recalls the serenity of the sights he saw. Nature is described as a carefree, continuous, uninterrupted
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However, each touches upon it in a different way. In Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” he shows his disdain by creating a scene of nature completely untouched by human institutions such as other humans, buildings, railroads, etc. By doing this he rebels against human advances in order to relay the beauty, innocence, and peace of nature. When the narrator comes back to themselves in the end of the poem on their house. One can conclude that the author came back to this memory in order to escape the world that they are living in full of human innovation, logic and rulers. The narrator wanted to be free from all of that through his memories and the bliss of nature. Byron’s opposition to human institutions is more explicit than Wordsworth’s abstract approach to the subject. Byron not only has physical destruction of human institutions, but also the breakdown of the institutions of society, culture, human decency, and the class system. Almost as soon as the sun goes out you can see the gradual decline of humanities morals, as they become more and more desperate to survive. This is expertly told in the two ways people react to their new reality, how they resort to eating each other to survive, and that the last two individuals on the planet are enemies. Byron briefly demonstrates human’s flight or flight response to danger through the way people handle their

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