The Love Of Nature In Poetry English Literature Essay

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The Romantics loved nature and everything in, and about it. They saw the beauty in the simple things in nature like the way the wind blew the leaves on a tree or how a stream flowed over a bed of rocks. Two poets stuck out to me as having a deep love affair with nature William Wordsworth and Percy Bysshe Shelly. Wordsworth's poem Nutting shows his deep sentimental love of nature. Percy Shelly's poem entitled Ode to the West Wind displays his love affair with the beauty and destructiveness of nature.

Nutting by William Wordsworth shows how he truly feels about nature. In this poem Wordsworth second line is "One of those heavenly days that cannot die" to me he is saying that the loveliness of this day will live forever in his mind. The day is one that he cannot forget because of its sheer glory. I imagine that the sun is shining brightly above with big plump clouds in the sky with a slight cooling breeze. Another line in the poem is "…to smile at thorns, and brakes, and brambles". Wordsworth likes everything in nature not just what most people like such as the sun, flowers, and a quite stream. He says to smile at thorns which are one thing in nature that pokes people and causes harm. William does not see thorns in the same way he likes and admires everything in nature even the harmful things. He goes on to state "through beds of matted fern, and tangled thickets" showing that he does not mind the harmful things in nature like the tangled thickets he has come to accept them and knows their place in nature and sees that it is meaningful. One line that really shows Wordsworth love of nature is "a virgin scene!-A little while I stood, breathing with such suppression of the heart as joy delights in". He is saying that he stumbled upon a piece of undisturbed woods and just took a few moments to take it all in. I can imagine him standing there with a look of undeniable awe and shock on his face as he stood there looking at this patch of nature untouched by every human before him. I am sure that this is what he lived for to see the true beauty of undisturbed nature. Wordsworth said as joy delights in meaning that he is filled with joy as he seen this place for the first time. Another line in Nutting is "beneath the tress I sate among the flowers, and with the flowers I played". This line shows that Wordsworth is just happy sitting alone with nature all around him. He played with flowers to pass some time and to bring him joy. "Blest with sudden happiness beyond all hope" is a line that seems to sum up the majority of how Wordsworth feels while he is sitting in nature by himself and taking it all in. He finds joy in the simple things in life which is a big part to being happy with life and with every situation it throws at you. "With my cheek on one of those green stones" I believe he is saying that he laid down to take a nap in nature and used a rock with moss on it as a pillow. Most people would be scared to nap in the woods with animals all around them but I think Wordsworth found joy in it. Napping in nature is one thing that only the serious nature lovers would do, your every average day person likes to use a rock for a pillow and leaves for covers. "Exulting, rich beyond the wealth of kings" he says after he pulls down the branch with nuts on it. Most people would not feel the same after gathering a few nuts but Wordsworth said he felt richer than kings who in his day were the wealthiest of all. This poem shows Williams's true and passionate love for nature in the deepest sense.

Percy Shelley's Ode to the West Wind is another poem that I feel exalts the beauty of nature in every aspect. The poem has four stanzas and each one is about a different part of nature. Shelley had an amazing way with words that make you feel like you are in the poem and can see exactly what he is trying to paint with his words. "Her clarion o'er the dreaming earth" shows that Shelley loves the earth and nature. The dreaming earth in my opinion is saying that the world is like a dream in that you never know what is going to happen. Also it means that the world and nature will surprise you every time just like a dream does whether the surprise is one that brings joy or one of destruction. "Black rain and fire and hail will burst" is a line in the poem I feel shows the possible destructiveness that nature can bring. I feel that Shelley is referring to black rain as a downpour that would cause rivers to over flow. If that were the case then many people could possibly die and most crops would be destroyed. If crops were destroyed then the main source of food for the people would be gone. Shelley is showing how nature can be a blessing but also at times could be a curse. "Crystalline streams" is a term in this poem that shows the beauty of nature. A stream is one thing in nature that flows all the time and brings life to many things including plants, fish, and even humans. "Overgrown with azure moss and flowers so sweet" shows that Shelley along with Wordsworth finds joy in the simple things in nature like moss on rocks and the sweet smell of flowers. Also I feel that he is saying we should take time to smell the flowers and not rush though life. "A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed" is another example that he is saying we should not rush though life but take time to enjoy the small things that life brings our way. Shelley is a poet who loves nature and shows it though his cunning use of words.

In conclusion both of these poets, Wordsworth and Shelley, are deeply in tune with the beauty of nature. They take time to see the beauty in nature that most others don't see and walk past it. Both poets deeply appreciated the small things in nature and it gave them joy in their life on a daily basis.