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During the Romanticism time period there were several poets who used their appreciation of the beauty of nature as inspiration for some of their works. There are two aspects of nature that I would like to address. This would be the physical beauties of nature and the wonderful earthly creations that were talked of in works such as: "The Lamb", "The Tyger", "The Ode to the West Wind" and "To Autumn". There are many other works that can be noted for its deepened appreciation of nature and the way that technologies have made life and its being much more complicated. William Wordsworth was known as one to have been a real nature lover more so than any other poet. This was definitely emphasized in "The World is To Much with US". William Blake, John Keats, and Percy Shelley were also other poets who wrote of their appreciation for nature.
Speaking of innocence and the beauty of creation, William Blake writes "The Lamb". In 1789 he completed this piece. Using the Lamb as a symbol of childlike innocence to write of the beauty of God's creation, Blake talks of such a mild and meek creature. Although, we know that the Lamb is traditionally the symbol for Christ we also visualize any child as being a symbol of innocence. In "The Lamb", Blake uses childlike repetition along with stanza's that rhyme just as many nursery rhymes that we are accustomed to.
Little Lamb who made thee
Doest thou know who made thee
Gave thee life and & bid thee feed
By the stream & o'er the mead
It seems to me that in the first four lines of this work, Blake is writing as if a child is speaking and asking the Lamb who made thee. After reading this the reader would have no choice but ask himself the same question. Who made thee? If the reader is a believer, he or she will immediately be inspired to give God the Creator the glory for life and all that he has created. The child then goes on to ask the question "who feeds thee"? He also ask, "who gave the clothing of delight"?
Moving on to the second stanza, the child answers his very own
question by saying another rhyme:
Little Lamb I'll tell thee
Little Lamb I'll tell thee
He is called by thy name
For He calls himself a Lamb
The speaker then goes on to elaborate on the similar characteristics that he (a child) and the Lamb (Christ) share. Both in nature are meek and mild and resemble the gentleness of Christ. The speaker ends this piece by blessing the Lamb of God. I really enjoyed reading this poem. It helped me really see just how beautiful and innocent a child is, entering into a world full of sin and not fully understanding where he derived from or who will clothe it, or even feed it . The innocence is so profound. It almost brings me to tears and to know that God would allow his Son to come to save us is almost unbelievable. Who would make that sacrifice? To know that God the Creator had a purpose for Christ allows us to all known that he doesn't create anything without a reason. Reading this should encourage the reader to search within himself to find their purpose. This poem definitely shows Blake's appreciation of the beauty of nature from a human aspect.
William Wordsworth was known to have been the "real" nature lover during this time period. Wordsworth was quite disengaged with the modern world .He felt like people had lost sight of the beauties of nature and its' simplicity. There are many themes in this poem but it is evident that the conflict between Modern Life and Nature are the most common. "The World Is Too Much With Us", was written in the early 1800's but, can very well be identified with the world of the 21st century. With new inventions and the hustle and bustle of everyday life there isn't much time to enjoy the simple things in life. The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers are the first two lines in this poem and is a great example of the state of the world. We as people are so busy that we don't have any power left because we do not get the proper amount of rest , nor do we have the time to absorb the natural beauty of the land that God has created. The speaker in this poem appears to be angry he is basically accusing the modern age of loosing connection to the things that are most meaningful, which is nature. Consumed with material possessions and wealth many people find themselves out of touch with their purpose and with nature. Wordsworth says in lines 9 and 10 "Great God! I'd rather be a Pagan suckled in a creed outworn." I believe he meant that he would rather be in the country, in a rustic place where all of the material possessions didn't matter. He was speaking in a frustrated and angry tone because he felt like nature and its beauty no longer mattered to the modern age.
I really enjoyed this poem because I can relate to it. Because of greed and the desire to be powerful, we have lost the things that are most important in life. Family, peace of mind, health and strength, and a strong spiritual life is things that are lost from a physical standpoint. Many work multiple jobs to
maintain or acquire material possessions, while others lie, cheat
and steal get whatever their heart desires. I assume that is why
Wordsworth said, "We have given our heart away, a sordid
boon!" The world really is too much with us. Factories are
polluting the very air we breathe with toxic chemicals that are
killing the fowl of the air. Oil is bleeding from the earth and
polluting the crystal blue waters that house millions of
creatures that God created. Because of this modern world we
are now faced with "Global Warming". The season are now
undetermined and uncertainty is in the air. Wordsworth made
very good points in this poem and the beauty of nature is
simple just as the Lamb is meek and mild, so gentle and
innocent. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all turn back the hands
of time? Wouldn't it be great if we would have thought before
we got so caught up with material gain, fame, power and
In closing, these to poems really spoke to me. They have
inspired me to have a deeper appreciation for the beauty of
nature. To slow down and take advantage of the simple things
in life and appreciate the things that God has given me.
Wordsworth and Blake alike were very spiritual beings which
obviously inspired these two pieces of work.