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William Wordsworth was born on April 7 1770 in Cockermouth West Cumberland located in the northern part of Englands Lake District This area of England is famous for its splendid array of natural landscape After losing his mother when he was just eight years old Wordsworth was sent to live with Ann Tyson who allowed Wordsworth to freely roam the beautiful countryside near Esthwaite Lake The freedom Ann Tyson gave young Wordsworth allowed him to experience nature and led him to a deep affinity and love for it As critic Matthew Arnold says in his essay on Wordsworth It is Wordsworths relationship with nature that regards him as one of the most important poets of the Romantic period allowing him to create great poetry because of the extraordinary power in which he feels joy is offered in natureand because of the power in which he shows us this joy and renders it Encarta Encyclopedia online criticism In 1798 the fist edition of Lyrical Ballads was published Although the work incorporates some of Samuel Taylor Coleridges poetry the majority of the pomes belong to Wordsworth With the publication of Lyrical Ballads Wordsworth was able to publicly proclaim his belief of the importance of nature The following paragraphs discuss some of Wordsworths poems as found in the 1802 edition of Lyrical Ballads and how they reflect Wordsworths use of nature The first poem I will discuss is Wordsworths Ode Intimations of Immortality The theme of the poem deals with childhood memories of nature incorporating into the adult mind The poem focuses on Wordsworths belief that life on earth is a faint silhouette of an untainted existence recollected in childhood yet it is forgotten through Rierson 2 the process of becoming an adult In the first stanza the speaker reflectively says there was a time when all of nature seemed dreamlike yet that
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