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The Superhuman Character of Nature Playing
Superlative Role in William Wordsworth’s Poems

Masters Dissertation

Mohammad Sultan Ferdous Bahar


There were so many contemporary poets during Wordsworth and before him, but almost all of them composed poems using Nature as extrinsic element that were confined within the external and physical beauty of Nature. In case of Wordsworth, he composed poems finding Nature as the dominant clement and he tried to discover an abstract power produced by the close communication between man and Nature. He showed that only Nature can provide peace and solace in the distressed and frustrated mind and nothing in this earth can do so. Wordsworth gathered a lot of bitter experience about life and the contemporary society. He was neglected by the then government and the critics. He observed Nature as a super character deserving the role of a great teacher and an abode of peace and realized that only Nature could restore his troubled state of mind. He had a reaction of the neo-classical view. That the poetic aims and the poetic practice of Wordsworth made a revolution in romantic age. He found Nature as the protagonist in his poems and discovered the superlative role of Nature. To find out the Superhuman role of Nature from the poems “Tintern Abbey”, “Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower”, “The World is Too Much With Us”, “Lines Written in Early Spring”, “Michael”, and “The Tables Turned”, by William Wordsworth are taken and a short glimpse of contrast between the representation of Nature in the above poems and that of John Keats’ poem “Ode to Nightingale” is cited also. However, the attempt to analyze the above poems to discover the Superlative role of Nature is discussed clearly. In conclusion, it is concluded that without the close contact of Nature, man can not elevate his career and suffers a lot ultimately due to detachment from the glory of Nature.


The established poets like Cowper, Burns, Byron, Shelley, Keats-all composed poems incorporating Nature and so they were all passionate lovers and admirer of Nature. But they perceived Nature from external point of view, meaning that they observed the physical and external beauty of Nature and confined themselves within a poetic arena. But William Wordsworth imitated Nature in a different point of view who entered into an innermost stage of imitation of Nature to discover a being- a super being, in other word a super character which was quite different from the general character. So the thesis is entitled to find out this Super human character of Nature playing Superlative role from criticizing his poems. From the diverse nature poems of different poets mainly some of the poems of The Lyrical Ballads of W. Wordsworth and John Keats’s “Ode to Nightingale” have been selected to investigate and evaluate the role of the super human Character of Nature. The poems “Tintern Abbey”, “Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower”, “The World is Too Much With Us”, “Lines Written in Early Spring”, “Michael”, “The Tables Turned” by William Wordsworth and “Ode to Nightingale” by Keats are selected for analysis.

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Mohammad Sultan Ferdous Bahar, M.A in English
School of Liberal Arts and Social Science
Department of English
Rajshahi Science and Technology University

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