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Wordsworth does not sacrifice reality for nature. He talks about reality through nature. He alludes to real issues in London .Poets like Wordsworth Romanticism was a literary movement in the late 1800's to 1900's it marks a time where there was a break down in the structure and purpose of society. Romantics emphasis on the dream of the world and individual experience and interpretation and no longer looks at the church and tradition since it became a suspicion in that period, the church was seen a being corrupt. This led poets like Wordsworth to turn to Pantheism where one would believe that God is apart of the universe and not separated from it. Romantic literature uses visionary or fantastic imagery it became common especially in poetry.
In the poem London 1802 Wordsworth speaks about the state London was in. He cries out to Milton, a poet and a good orator, who Wordsworth compares his voice to a sea "a voice whose sound was like the sea" showing how powerful he is with his words that it may be possible for him to give back some form of moral, virtue and patriotism that London have been lacking .Wordsworth went as far a describing London as a 'fen of stagnant waters' his choice of words suggest that England is filthy and have nothing good about it; no morals. The choice of word also evokes an organic imager and a feeling of disgust. Everything good in England became stagnant; still, almost lifeless. Religion, government/ military bodies and writers which are critical institutions to England helps to create the "stench" of London due to their selfishness not only them but the people of England and their corrupted mind which has been lost to modernity. Milton, to Wordsworth was an element of nature as he compares Milton soul to a star 'soul was like a star' and his soul to be as 'pure as the naked heaven' characterizing Milton to be high, almost like a supreme being having a lot of values, purity (clean) and having morals unlike the people with corrupted minds, locked away from the 'real' truth and not the one handed down 'truth' from critical institutions as the church and tradition and it is he who that can teach the people 'manners ,virtue, freedom and power' if he should rise up from the dead. This was something with poets who wrote in romantics they interpret experience rather than handed down tradition. Although Wordsworth emphasizes on the state of England in 'London 1802' there is no evidence that he sacrifice reality for artifice or pretence; he alludes to the truth through nature.
Another poem in which Wordsworth does not sacrifice reality for artifice is "The world is too much with us." In this poem Wordsworth is upset that the people of England only cares about making and spending money; the amount of greed they have for it. Wordsworth life seemed out of control since he was caught up with the politics between France and England as the people of England was caught up with elements of everyday life as he not only says them but 'us'. They lose their love for nature the only thing that actually belongs to them, the simpler things of life except Wordsworth who has a relationship with nature and this therefore, presents conflict between nature and humanity for the people of England. The "sordid boon" which they have given is 'hearts' is the materialistic progress of mankind. Humanity has become self-absorbed and can no longer think clearly. 'Sea that bares her bosom to the moon' presents an imagery that could be England, the Mother, is exposed to nature which is linked with the heavens and the connecting rhyming line 'out of tune' shows that nature is overrun without knowing and helpless . Wordsworth describes the people as 'sleeping flowers' for flowers are seemingly peaceful and quiet and this would presented a contrast in the line 'the wind that would be howling at all hours' could be the noise coming factories causing a lack of unity with nature as it disrupts them to even get that connection which is expose but one cannot see clearly because of their greed. "I, standing on this pleasant lea, have glimpses that would make me less forlorn", show Wordsworth as a visionary who is not responsible for the destruction of nature Wordsworth hope for a change as he uses Greek gods that symbolises something with nature 'the Proteus coming from sea' would be a sea god changing his appearance which could help to prevent further treats make by mankind. Wordsworth uses another Greek god Triton who would 'blow his wreath horn' symbolising the saving of nature since he is the mater of the sea and it could be called for a new beginning.
In the poem 'composed upon Westminster Bridge', Wordsworth point out to nature by saying how he is in Awe with nature than the people of England. Wordsworth as a romantic poet begins with a shocking statement 'Earth had not anything to shew more fair' he is not even speaking of nature but the city. Wordsworth goes to say how beautiful the city is naked. A city absent of human behaviour even the 'ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie' he gives personification to not only the sun, river, house but the city as well. He is in such awe that he said one soul would be dull; lifeless, and dead inside, if they weren't in awe too. Nature is awake and more beautiful to anyone who is not caught up with the disruption and corruptions of unity with man and nature. One who is caught up with everyday hustle and chaos would not be able to be truly connected with nature until all of those are at rest. Wordsworth himself have never seen nature looking so beautiful and heart capture 'Never did the sun more beautifully steep' and 'Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep' by this he present how disconnected one is with nature and caught up in mankind.
In conclusion Wordsworth does not sacrifice reality for artifice by making nature the focus of his work he therefore, alludes to reality and not anything r of pretence. Wordsworth present the reality of how the people of England are not at one with nature and his poems presenting real life issue with the state if England in his time.
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