Tenets Of Wordsworth In Resolution And Independence


Romanticism officially began in 1798, when William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge anonymously published Lyrical Ballads. This work marked the official beginning of a literary period which had already begun many years before 1798. A work is defined to be of a certain period by its characteristics, therefore to be considered a Romantic work, the work must contain aspects which are termed "Romantic." A few typical "Romantic" aspects are: love of the past; sympathy to the child's mind; faith in the inner goodness of man; aspects of nature having religious, mystic, and symbolic significance; and reconciliation of contrasting ideas to make a point. Wordsworth flourished in these ideas in ...

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a child, Wordsworth never understood life, because he never looked to nature for inspiration or guidance. Presently, Wordsworth feels he that he is "a happy Child of earth," because he walks "far from the world. . . far from all care" (31, 33). He begins a search to find a way to live in harmony with himself, God, and nature. During his search, he finds an old man, the leech-gatherer, who is one with himself, God, and nature. Upon seeing this man, Wordsworth is immediately amazed by the mien of this old man. Wordsworth admires this man's insight on life, that Wordsworth decides that he wants to become the same way. Thus, in Wordsworth's search for his place in eternity in nature, he finds an example that he wants to duplicate.
Resolution and Independence includes many tenets of Romanticism including a love of the past. Wordsworth loves the storm of the previous night and the "rain-drops" on the moors that it leaves behind (10). Wordsworth loves the old man, because the old man has so ...

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poets memories, or poems. The act of the old man wading through Wordsworth's pond is symbolic the old man "reading a book," or one of Wordsworth's works (81). The old man inspires Wordsworth by stirring the water in Wordsworth's pond. This action allows Wordsworth's past inspirations to resurface.

Another Romantic tenet is the reconciliation of differences to make a point. Wordsworth wanted to stress his "dejection" by writing:

And fears and fancies thick upon me came;
Dim sadness-blind thought, I knew not, nor could name. (25, 27-9)

Thought makes a Romantic poet happy (which is another tenet of Romanticism), and a blind man can not distinguish between any two levels of dimness. ...

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