Infomation About Malouf and Wordsworth

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In both William Wordsworth’s poems and David Malouf’s novel, An Imaginary Life, it is evident how different times and cultures affect the quality and importance of the relationship humanity can have with the natural world. Themes that are explored in both texts include interaction with nature, the role of nature in childhood and adulthood, religion and the role of language. These all show the quality and importance of humanity’s relationship with nature and how times and culture influence the relationship. Although they are influenced by very different cultural and social values, both writers have the same goal, which is to understand nature and become a part of it. Wordsworth learns through his interaction with nature in “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798,” and “It’s a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free,” that there is a spiritual presence in the landscape. Ovid’s interaction with nature helps him break down the divisions between people and their environment to become at one with it. Both writers demonstrate how interaction with nature is necessary to appreciate it. Wordsworth •Wordsworth relationship with the wild involves him observing “the beauteous forms” of it and thus gaining certain mental and physical benefits of it. The wild puts him in a tranquil and relaxed state, as if he was performing yoga or meditating. However he does not look deeper into the wild because he has already gained the ultimate understanding of it. The wild is a place of security, a place where humans can interact peacefully, a place where there is no pressure from the drudgery of city life which engulfed him for some time. For example in Tintern Abbey he remarks the city as a “burden” and “weary” then contrasts it with the wild (using light adjectives) which puts him in a “Serene and blessed mood” (line 42)

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