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The strong interest in nature the humble life the preference for the country over city and the focus on the first persons are all features of Romantic poetry found in this poem Expostulation and Reply is written in the first person and in simple language The poem seems conversational in style making it more appealing to the reader Even though the story is argumentative in wording the tone is not angry or even serious It is rather relaxed This is probably due to the fact that we should approach it with an open mind and without bias This poem incorporates Wordsworths thought that nature was the ultimate teacher As William was pondering on a stone Matthew asked him Where are your books That light bequeathd to beings else forlorn and blind Matthew was wanting to know why he was wasting time when he could be studying books Matthew stressed the point that books were left by our ancestors for our learning Matthew goes on to say You look round on your mother earth as if she for no purpose bore you Clearly Matthew is misinterpreting the situation William is looking at mother earth with a purpose to learn He finds that you can learn better by observing nature than reading anothers thoughts on the subject William is not accepting somebody elses word of knowledge but hes discovering his own knowledge I think of William as a symbol of individual thinking a pioneer and Matthew as a symbol of societys restriction because he chooses to restrain his knowledge to words on paper Next WIlliam replies to Matthew William makes the point that there are things we see that we should pay close attention to because there might be some spirit trying to communicate In this case nature is communicating William says That nothing of itself will come but we must still be seeking When nature is ready to teach us then we better
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