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Wordsworths Poems Modern relevance A view of oneness with nature fits in with concepts in Zen Buddhism fastest growing religion in Australia and the views of the Green movement Similarities 8226Mostly interior monologue record of narrators thoughts and feelings and not to persuade others 8226Teaching role of the speakers to children 8226Teaching role of nature theres a better system of values and ideals to be found therein 8226Both employ identity-switching technique whereby nature is personified and humanity is nature-ised for example nature is personified in the Child Ovid becomes the moonlight in his dream of centaurs in The Prelude the dawn is personified as a mocking teaser when Wordsworth cant decide what to write for his poem This implies unity Differences 8226Wordsworth lived in the countryside during his childhood and has always enjoyed occasional visits to the country in his later years Ovid begins isolated from nature but eventually becomes integrated with it I am turning into the landscape8230 I feel myself expand upwards toward the blue roundness of the sky 8226Ovid is sent to Tomis against his will in exile while Wordsworth escapes to nature intentionally 8226For Wordsworth nature is his niche in a sense of refuge or escape from the city For Ovid the wild nature teaches him to change and leave his old niche or comfort zone 8226Wordsworths wild is more domestic small and neat such as pastoral farms plots of cottage-ground and orchard-tufts in Tintern Abbey In An Imaginary Life nature is vast and immense in the form of cliffs sea mountains sky river and grasslands but is inhospitable muddy and stinks IL 7 existing in a raw condition long before human activity created the terraces fields orchards pastures the irrigated gardens IL 21 8226In the poems land is fertile In An Imaginary Life it is barren and uncultivated stubbed fields and desolate plain No flower No fruit very short sentences to deliver the message all IL Part
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