Literary Analysis of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Blake

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During the Romantic period in literature three poets, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Blake made an immense and lasting impact in the world of poetic literature. All three possessed elements in their past experiences that influenced them in their works of art. Wordsworth exhibited an everlasting love with Nature. Coleridge used revelation of emotion and language to best fit what he is expressing, to reach out to who ever read his work. Blake has a unique style in the way that he used contrast and imagery. He used such detail in his poetry it made one feel such compassion for the subjects of his works. This paper will display each of these poets’ use of their prominent characteristics in their works of literature. Wordworth’s poetry he exudes such fondness for Nature. Although he is often viewed as a “nature poet” his poetry is not exclusively concerned with picturesque evocations of nature, but rather with the issues of Man, Human Nature and Man’s relationship with the natural and supernatural world. Wordsworth felt that Nature and the natural world was man’s natural home. He described Nature as giving him “unremembered pleasure” (ln. 31) and “tranquil restoration” (ln. 30) Continue...


One can see why Wordsworth holds Nature up on a pedestal, he thought of her not only as his lover when he described feeling "aching joys (ln. It seems as if Wordsworth felt that the importance of the poet was to express the relationship between man and nature, but he also realized that no matter how strong a poet's connection with nature, he is still separate from it because it is so magnificent and mysterious. 17-20) The two sets of lyrics show two opposite worlds: one in which God is trusted persistently and there is no question of moral issues; and one in which the fallen state and religious hypocrisy is examined. Wordsworth had an immense love of Nature, he worshiped nature and looked upon her as an emblem of God. All three authors are very creative in the way that they wanted to share their opinions, desires and stories. But instead of using such a "common word as "grief he uses the more expressive words, "Stifled, drowsy, and unimpassioned (ln. The alliance of the inner life with the outer world is at the center of Wordsworth's descriptions of Nature. While o'er thee thy mother weep. Wordsworth's ideas about memory, the importance of childhood experiences, and the power of the mind tie everything together when observing his work. In the two collections William Blake's lyrics, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Blake has several contrasting poems with the same titles, which bring into focus the differences between the two states of being which the collections describe. I believe that Coleridge believed that, when writing poetry, one should use their imagination to create new ideas and not be afraid to use intense words to describe how they feel. The simple style that Blake used in the Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience made it easy for a child to understand with lullaby-like verses used in "A Cradle Song such as: Sleep sleep happy child All creation slept and smil'd.