Much of my work currently involves Wordsworth. The following quotation from
his seminal work, The Prelude, should help establish a link between TWL and
Among the close and overcrowded haunts
Of cities, where the human heart is sick,
And the eye feeds it not, and cannot feed.
–Yes, in those wanderings deeply did I feel
How we mislead each other; above all,
How books mislead us, seeking their reward
From judgments of the wealthy Few, who see
By artificial lights; how they debase
The Many for the pleasure of those Few;
Effeminately level down the truth
To certain general notions, for the sake
Of being understood at once, or else
Through want of better knowledge in the heads
That framed them; flattering self-conceit with words,
That, while they most ambitiously set forth
Extrinsic differences, the outward marks
Whereby society has parted man
From man, neglect the universal heart.
-The Prelude (1850 Bk. XIII.204-20)
Of genius power,
Creation and divinity itself
I have been speaking, for my theme has been
What passed within me. Not of outward things
Done visibly for other minds, words, signs,
Symbols or actions, but of my own heart
Have I been speaking, and my youthful mind.
O Heavens! How awful is the might of souls,
And what they do within themselves while yet
The yoke of earth is new to them, the world
Nothing but a wild field where they were sown.
-The Prelude (1850 Bk. III.173-83)
Thomas Stratton wrote:
> To those who have commented on TSE's Romanticism:
> I do not mean to offend you, but I believe that you do not understand the
> term Romantic. This is not the "I love you" romantics of today, but the
> group of thinkers several hundred years ago who promoted emotion over logic
> (I know to many of you this is painfully obvious and if it is I apologize).
> TSE is in every way a Romantic. He is simply more analytical. TSE does not
> truly see the world as "burning burning burning burning". He sees the world
> as a very cruel and dark place that he has been alienated from (read about
> his life). He longs to be a passionate man of action (think Lord Byron or
> even Teddy Roosevelt) but always falls short. Or at least that is what he
> expresses in his poetry (I know I shouldn't say what Eliot felt, but I have
> analyses that agree). I hope now you see how Eliot is a romantic. I feel
> much the same in my life, which is what attracted me to his work. I try to
> write poetry in style similar to TSE, but right now it is not very refined.
> Anyway, I hoped this help you guys understand.
> Thomas S.
> University of Chicago
> Evanescence...what a sad word
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