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A deepened appreciation of the beauties of nature is portrayed in the two romantic pieces of literature, Nutting, a poem by William Wordsworth, and Ode to the West Wind, which is an ode written by Percy Bysshe Shelley. These great romantic writers are known for their appreciation of the beauties of nature, and the imagery they use in their writing. As romanticists, these two writers were determined to express themselves more honestly and deeply. To help them achieve this, they withdrew themselves from society. They focused on nature to help them express their feelings. The appreciation of the beauties of nature is very relevant in both of these pieces of romantic literature. Nature was a very important concept for these romanticists, and these two poems are evidence of that.
William Wordsworth's poem Nutting, is a poem that describes a young man being influenced by nature. In the beginning of the poem the young man is going out to the woods to gather nuts. One of the first descriptions of nature that Wordsworth uses is how he describes the surroundings of where the young man is gathering nuts. He mentions thorns, brakes, brambles, pathless rocks, beds of matted fern, and tangled thickets. These are the type of things that are surrounding the young man in the wilderness. This to me sounds like an unfriendly place where I would not want to be at all. As Wordsworth proceeds, it seems like all of these unkind things in the woods are guarding something that is not meant for the young man to see. This part of the poem sort of gave me a sense of eagerness to find out what will happen next as I was reading it. Then when Wordsworth mentions this "Virgin scene," as he puts it, the description changes. As the man in the poem stumbles across this untouched landscape, he experiences a "Sudden happiness beyond all hope." As I read through this poem it was easy for me to tell that William Wordsworth was a lover of nature, and that he appreciated its beauties. As the poem continues, the young man changes the way he feels about this "dear nook." At first you can tell that he really loves this scene. He adores the virginity of this place and values that fact that it has been unseen by any human eye. Then suddenly the young man is overwhelmed as he believes this site is "Wasting in its kindliness on stocks and stones, and on the vacant air." This thought does not sit well with him so he decides to break a tree limb off one of the trees to express his anger. Wordsworth's portrayal of nature here is that it is "Deformed and sullied, patiently gave up their silent being." It is almost as if Wordsworth portrays nature as being forgiving because he doesn't portray nature as being resentful for what the young man has done, or at least that's how I took it. The young man later feels bad for defiling this nature scene then learns his lesson and believes that there is a spirit in the woods. I believe that the so-called spirit in the woods made the young man feel guilty for his senseless act of destruction. This in turn, made the young man learn a lesson. To me, it was simple to figure out that William Wordsworth showed his passion for nature in this work of romantic literature. Nature plays such a huge role in the whole theme of Nutting. Since William Wordsworth was an enthusiast of the natural world, I am sure it was easy for him to display his appreciation for the matter in this work.
In the case of Ode to the West Wind, which is an ode written by Percy Bysshe Shelley; there is definitely an appreciation of the beauties of nature at hand. There are many instances throughout this ode that Shelley portrays his feelings regarding the beauties of nature. This work by Shelley serves as an example of his passionate language and symbolic imagery. In the beginning of this poem Shelley introduces the West Wind. In fact, the first three stanzas are concerned with the West Wind's effects on parts of nature. These parts of nature from what I can tell are the changing of the seasons. In the first stanza the West Wind blows the leaves of autumn. In the second stanza, the West Wind blows the clouds in the sky. In the third stanza the West Wind blows across an island and over the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. These are the three parts of nature that the West Wind has an effect on. To me, I think these three parts are being compared to the strength and inspiration that the West Wind brings. According to Percy Bysshe Shelley, a true poet must be inspired. In the West Wind he sees a symbol of true inspiration. I think Shelley is so in love with nature that he actually wants to be like the West Wind. He wants to be free. He wants to be "tameless, and swift, and swift and proud," as he states in line fifty-six. From what I can understand of the whole fifth stanza, he wants the West Wind to blow through him as it does in nature. Therefore he can give inspiration to others around him. From line sixty-three down I believe this proves that he wants to be motivation to others. As you read this poem you can tell Shelley portrays his admiration of the beauty of nature. Nature is genuinely beautiful to him.
As I have shown, the two romanticist writers, William Wordsworth, and Percy Bysshe Shelley appreciated the magnificence of nature. The romantic pieces of literature, Nutting, and Ode to the West Wind, reflect that deepened appreciation of the beauties of nature. Since these writers were determined to express themselves more honestly and deeply, they used nature and its beauty help them achieve this. They were able to not only take their love of nature and write about it, they were able to share this beauty over the years with these pieces of poetry.