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.