Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-Tree

In this poem, Wordsworth contrasts the ideals of the Enlightenment in many ways however I feel like the most significant way he does so is by describing nature as greater than man. The text does this by describing the man as overwhelmed by nature. “and he would gaze till it became / far lovelier, and his heart could not sustain / the beauty still more beauteous.” “When Nature had subdued him to herself,”  The text also described man as being beneath or lesser than nature. “The world, for so it thought, / owed him no service: he was like a plant.” ” The man, whose eye / is ever on himself, doth look on one, / the least of nature’s works,” These lines cause me to question whether Wordsworth thought humans even lower than animals (he compares us to a plant) or if he is trying to state that all life is on the same plane but under a higher entity of “nature.” Either way these lines contrast harshly with the Enlightenment idea of man mastering nature.


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