William Wordsworth 's Poems, Expostulation And Reply And The Tables Turned

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In his poems, Expostulation and Reply and The Tables Turned, Wordsworth explores the power and role of nature in relation to mankind. Through both poems, Wordsworth personifies nature repetitively to inform readers on his contextual ideas that nature has the ability to allow us to feel and it is this theme of feeling and emotion that lies at the heart of romanticism.

A key aspect of the natural world explored in Wordsworth’s poems is the idea that humans and nature are part of a symbiotic relationship. Within Expostulation and Reply, Wordsworth informs readers on his view that the mind influences nature and nature influence the mind “Against, or with our will”. His use of verbs such as “conversing” creates imagery of the speaker communicating with nature and therefore juxtaposes the previous adjective of feeling and being “alone”. This creates a mocking tone through the repetition of Matthew’s prior ‘expostulation’ to William in stanza one, when he asks “Why William, sit you thus alone”, as Wordsworth tells the reader through the voice of William that he is surrounded by nature, which acts as both a companion and teacher towards him and therefore is not alone. In addition, the semantic field of the human anatomy, such as “eye”, “ear” and “bodies” is stressed by Wordsworth to address the fact that the senses are constantly working and alive. We “cannot bid the ear be still” or “chuse but see” as nature is inherent within us and “for ever speaking to us”, whether we choose…

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