William Wordsworth 's Concept Of Power Essay

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William Wordsworth’s Concept of Power The term “power” is multifaceted; it lends itself to myriad interpretations and cannot be defined easily. There is no unanimous concept of power, as what is seen as “powerful” differs from person to person. The use of the term “power” is prominent in many of William Wordsworth’s poems. “Tintern Abbey,” “The Prelude,” and “Michael” all feature the term. From the prominence of the term in Wordsworth’s poetry, it is evident that Wordsworth thought highly of the “power” to which he referred. The “power” which Wordsworth alludes to is an entirely different conception of power than any thought of in the modern world. Wordsworth’s concept of power predicates on the union of all living things through nature and the human imagination; it is the power to create beauty in the natural world which encompasses every human being. Wordsworth’s power is an energy which binds the imaginations of all living things in the pursuit of beauty. Wordsworth’s features his concept of power prominently into his poem “Tintern Abbey” to showcase his belief that everything is connected. The term itself is first encountered in the poem’s second stanza, when Wordsworth refers to “an eye made quiet” by the “power of Harmony”(47/48). The phrase “power of Harmony” is central to Wordsworth’s greater concept of power(48). In “Tintern Abbey,” Wordsworth is revisiting the banks of the Wye River. Upon his return to this spot after five years “‘mid the din of towns and…

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