Nature and sensibility in “Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-tree”

In the poem “Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-ree” written by William Wordsworth, it is noticeable nature and internal working are the appropriate terms to describe the man and his own way of living; this features consist of the Romanticism  and are completely the opposite of what  Enlightenment sensibility is all about.

Nature can be seen throughout the poem in scenes like this ones, “Far from all human dwelling” (line 2) showing us readers the first point; the man is not in the city, he is just by this tree with no pressure to run anywhere else in the search of money or work or any ‘greed’. “Went forth, pure in his heart, against the taint” (line 15) is a clear representation on how economy has no place next to the Yew-tree; he is prepared for the world but in his own thoughts, ways and reflections. Finally “whose eye / is never on himself” (51-52), is the best way to explain how the man was not attached to anything else rather than its communion with nature instead of its manipulation; in other words it is a pure description of his love and way of survival within it.

The man’s way of  learning was by experience rather than by critical reflection, making his connection with nature, emotion and humanity much more powerful, rather than just an insensible and systematic way of seen things that represent the Enlightenment.

 

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One thought on “Nature and sensibility in “Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-tree”

  1. This is a good description of the poem. You do a good job of selecting quotes that illustrate what you’re saying about it. What I’d like you to do next time is take it a little further by asking “why.” In this case, why does the poet present this character who insists on self-salvation through harmonizing with nature, and does he really achieve it?

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