Throughout a person’s life, reflection upon an experience can bring about wonderful memories. In Wordworth’s “Nutting” he reflects on a day in the woods that changed his view on life and reality. During this reminiscence, Wordsworth experiences the relationship between man and nature. His specific usage of words distorts reality by giving the poem a dream-like feeling. “Nutting” affects the young boy by making him appreciate nature. At the same time he loses focus of reality which gives the poem a fairy tale quality which also reinforces his new-found love for nature. Wordsworth’s experience of entering the woods put him in touch with nature and childhood imagination.
Before Wordsworth sets foot in the woods, he has a felling of excitement and childhood joy. He eagerly anticipates the journey in to the woods. “I left our cottage-threshhold, sallying forth…”(line 5).
When the boy says he is “sallying forth”, he means he walking or skipping in a way that is happy or carefree. And even when he is telling his story to us, he is very particular by saying he singles out this day (which he remembers so clearly) from the many other days in his life. He is very excited about nature at this point and learns about the relationship between human beings and nature. Another aspect of this poem which adds to the wonderful experience that this child is having is the fact that he is one of the few people to see the beauty he is seeing. He mentions to us the “virgin scene”. Included in this scene is the untouched, unspoiled and even possibly unseen forest splendor. And knowing this only adds to his enjoyment. “The violets of five seasons re-appear And fade unseen by any human eye”(line 31-32).
God created the world for people to live in or so we all have learnt and believed. No matter our views on the creation or spontaneity of life, we all must understand that nature is us and all around us. Thinking ourselves as the source of destruction may be true or an ignored folly in the mind of righteous beings. Being mindful of the gracious creatures living around us is a pre requisite for ...
He tells the reader of how happy he is to see with his owns eyes something that not many people get a chance to see. When he mentions “the violets of 5 seasons” he tells the reader that five years could go by without any person seeing the beautiful flowers. The violets of five seasons also give the reader an idea of how secluded this place is, which makes it even more special for the boy. His attitude and feeling of utter joy can be seen through his description of the trip and the “virgin scene”. “A little while I stood, Breathing with such suppression of the heart As joy delights in”(line 21-23).
This detail shows just how excited he is and how much he appreciates every aspect of nature.
Although it seems to the reader that the boy has had a dramatic change in his life which allows him to appreciate nature, this is not the case. He is aware that he is one of a few people who will ever see the beautiful forest. It is engraved in his mind that man’s impulses to act and transform the world in which he lives gives him a God-like power. After realizing this, he becomes enraged and destroys the forest, which he previously cared so much about. “Then up I rose, And dragged to earth both branch and bough, with crash and merciless ravage” (Wordsworth 43-45).
The boy’s newfound power over nature tells the reader that he is in fact not at one with it. The boy seems to be rebelling against perfection. Wordsworth mentions that the boy is “Exulting, rich beyond the wealth of kings”, meaning the boy suddenly believes he can rule over the forest and do whatever he pleases. This is partly why the young boy rejoices, as does any boy, in the sheer pleasure of physical power that destruction of something harmless brings and which he celebrates here. And then in another dramatic change of feelings the boy has realized that what he has done was wrong and very selfish “I felt a sense of pain when I beheld The silent trees…” (Wordsworth 52-53).
Perhaps he has also realized that because of what he has done, the image of the forest is no longer a virgin scene. Wordsworth also mentions a spirit in the woods. The boy now notices that there is a “spirit in the woods” after he has destroyed it. He fears this spirit, but at the same time it seems like he has changed throughout this whole experience. The boy went through a period of tranquillity and calmness which abruptly changed into anger and rage and again back to tranquillity. He has learned from this transformation how to respect nature and how to be at one with it. He now can pass on what he was learned to future generations.
The development of poetic theory in the 18 th and 19 th century England was greatly influenced by the movement between the Enlightenment period to the Romantic period. The Enlightenment was a movement of thought and belief concerned with the interrelated ideas of God, reason, nature, and man that claimed wide assent among the intellectuals in 17 th and 18 th century Europe. It attacked the ...
All the discussion and excitement about nature and how things are percieved has died down over the centuries. People nowadays do not care about nature. They are too self absorbed and selfish. Society is to busy with itself and things that are going on in their own lives to actually take time out and experience nature. Society is governed by time and even if there was enough time in the day for people to appreciate nature, they still wouldn’t do it. Industrialization and continuing advancement in technology had consumed the lives of many people. This does not leave anytime for what Wordsworth believes in: experiencing childhood as an adult through nature. People believe they have “better things to do” than to waste time with nature. This type of attitude is commonly expressed among the adult group of today’s world.