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Most of the characters who appear in Wordsworths poetry are solitary in some way there are none who appear to be the sociable type which can be found in the poems of other Romantic poets such as Byrons Don Juan and Childe Harolde The reason for this is perhaps that Wordsworth himself was quite a solitary person although he appeared to enjoy the company of a select few for example his beloved sister Dorothy he seemed to be happiest when he had only Nature for company Wordsworths preference for his own company seems to have been a characteristic which began in early childhood In his writings about childhood experiences in The Prelude he was often alone as in the incident of the stolen boat 1 356-400 or if he was in company would stand apart for a while to consider nature as in the ice skating incident 1 415-462 Further examples of his solitary nature as a child are provided by the poems Nutting and Expostulation and Reply It appears that even as a young boy he would take time to consider nature and beauty He writes in Nutting as he stands in one dear nook A little while I stood Breathing with such suppression of the heart As joy delights in And in Expostulation and Reply when the young Wordsworth is reprimanded by his good friend Matthew for apparently sitting on a stone doing nothing he replies Nor less I deem that there are Powers Which of themselves our minds impress That we can feed this mind of ours In a wise passiveness It seems that Wordsworth thought it important to consider and appreciate nature fully and he often liked to do this alone Perhaps this is one of the reasons why he appears to have such great respect for many of the solitary figures about whom he writes in his poetry Most of the lonely characters
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