1st Blog Post

Briefly say how the ideas in “Expostulation and Reply” and “The Tables Turned” have helped you to understand Romanticism.

‘To be incapable of a feeling of poetry, in my sense of the word, is to be without love of human nature and reverence for God’ –Wordsworth

Romanticism was a time filled with the elements of imagination, inspiration and idealism. William Wordswoth’s “Expostulation & Reply” and “The Tables Turned” are works that use these three elements to create a sense of personal search and an exploration of sorts. It is the realisation that wisdom and intelligence are not found in books and scrolls but only in nature itself.

Within “Expostulation & Reply” Wordsworth’s friend is constantly questioning as to why Wordsworth is perpetually rested “on that old grey stone” and for what is he searching? The response given by Wordsworth in his later poem “The Tables Turned” has taught me many things about the Romantics and how they were people who were thrived on seeking intelligence and knowledge from the natural world around them. They sought to understand the creative forces in the universe and to further understand as to how the human imagination can become the boundary of creating their own world.

He rebuttals quite intuitively to his friends drivel by saying:

“Books! ’tis a dull and endless strife:

Come, hear the woodland linnet,

How sweet his music! on my life,

There’s more of wisdom in it.”

These two poems have helped me to deepen my understanding of the Romantic era and how the people of these times were filled with courage for going beyond the knowledge of books and were valiant in searching for answers in the natural world. I really feel that todays society can take a note from Wordsworth’s understanding of nature as a whole, as I believe that people today are afraid to search for meaning and purpose and to go beyond the constraints of technology and machinery. I know that Wordsworth and his poems “Expostulation & Reply” and “The Tables Turned” have taught me many things about Romanticism and hopefully I can further deepen my knowledge on this wonderful era.

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  1. Hey Joshua, this is a really great entry. Very informative and I like that you are very inspired by the Romantic era. I also like that you make everything broad and clear so it is easy to keep up. My only minor suggestion is that you might want to use incorporate some visual elements into your entries just so that it would look more appealing to readers. All in all, great job!

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  2. A potentially good entry Joshua, but needing more care and attention to the details of your writing…..
    *Please attend to editing your work carefully. Here is what I have picked up: (MAKE THESE CHANGES NOW)
    *why Wordsworth is perpetually rested = why Wordsworth is perpetually RESTING
    * were people who were thrived on seeking intelligence = were people who were THRIVING on seeking intelligence
    * and to further understand as to how the human imagination = and to further understand how the human imagination
    * He rebuttals quite intuitively to his friends drivel by saying:= He rebuts quite intuitively his friend’s drivel by saying:
    * I really feel that todays society = I really feel that today’s society [‘s or s’ – Apostrophe- if there is a meaning of ownership ( the boy’s apple/ the boys’ apples) then you need an apostrophe. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/621/01/. But don’t use apostrophe s for normal plurals!!!]

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  3. Hi Joshua,

    I really like how you’ve concisely explained your personal view of how humans can become wise and intelligent. As an education student myself, I find that wisdom and intelligence isn’t all about knowledge, although they do go hand in hand sometimes, it is not the same thing. I have to also slightly disagree with your interpretation of the poem. I agree that nature plays a big role in educating a person, but saying that: “wisdom and intelligence are not found in books and scrolls but only in nature” is a bit extreme. I think this poem is aimed at someone who is completely buried in books and does not bother broadening their horizons by exploring nature as well. So I think a balance of studying books and the outside world is important to gain necessary knowledge in life. Nonetheless, keep up the good work! 🙂

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