William Wordsworth 's Poem ' Wordsworth ' Essay

714 Words May 3rd, 2016 3 Pages
Wordsworth states: “A man endued with more lively sensibility, enthusiasm, tenderness, who has a greater knowledge of human nature, and a more comprehensive soul, than are supposed to be common among mankind; a man pleased with his own passions and volitions, and who rejoices more than other men in the spirit of life that is in him; delighting to contemplate similar volitions and passions as manifested in the goings-on of the Universe, and habitually impelled to create them where he does not find them.”(pg 210) He is describing a poet, believing that one who can think critically can use, “The ability to be affected more than other men by absent things,” which “...more nearly resemble the passions produced by real events” (pg 210).
Wordsworth’s descriptions of what a poet is and how to create good poetry go hand and hand. He states that poetry is an “overflow of powerful feelings,” because according to his description of a poet, only a poet can truly feel such powerful emotions.Also he must be “impelled to create them where he does not find them.” The ability to “think long and deeply” on powerful emotions is a talent that only a poet has, and a poet “delight[s] to contemplate similar volitions and passions.” Therefore, only a poet “endued with more lively sensibility, enthusiasm, tenderness, who has a greater knowledge of human nature, and a more comprehensive soul” can meet the standards of good poetry. Poetry “takes its origin from emotion recollected in…

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