William Wordsworth 's ' An Open Boat ' And The World Is Too Much With Us

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Stephen Crane and William Wordsworth are two authors who base many works of theirs on the idea of Naturalism. Naturalism is a literary movement in the nineteenth century that suggests the environment shapes human character. Wordsworth’s and Crane’s literary works contrast to prove that an individual’s viewpoint on the natural world depends on their own experiences with naturalism. Wordsworth sustains an optimistic tone within the compilation of his poems he has written. Two primary examples of his poetry would be: “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and “The World Is Too Much with Us.” In these two poems, he briefly discusses how comforting parts of nature are as well as how he feels less alone when in the midst of the natural world. He further mentions how nature itself should be appreciated more than the materialistic things that currently have a grip on our attention. Wordsworth states this because he has a more positive perspective on our natural world. This being because he is exposed to the less cruel side of nature. In “An Open Boat” by Stephen Crane, however, four men are stranded in the middle of the ocean on a life boat not much bigger than a bathtub. The environment that surrounds them is anything but friendly. It includes tower-like “walls of waves,” sharks circling them, and the unceasing cruelty of nature. These men trying to survive in such a harsh natural world is what makes their relationship with nature so faulty. They see this harsh and indifferent side of the…

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