William Wordsworth: How to Know Him

William Wordsworth: How to Know Him

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William Wordsworth: How to Know Him

William Wordsworth: How to Know Him

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"The poet, to whose mighty heart
Heaven doth a quicker pulse impart,
Subdues that energy to scan
Not his own course, but that of man.
Though he move mountains, though his day
Be passed on the proud heights of sway,
Though he hath loosed a thousand chains,
Though he hath borne immortal pains,
Action and suffering though he know --
He hath not lived, if he lives so."

THESE lines from a thoughtful and finished poem by Matthew Arnold, introduce by contrast an extended and very beautiful statement of what the ideal poet's life should be; a life full of high and serene contemplation, of deep and placid sympathies with nature and with man, but lived in calm isolation, apart from the loud noises of the . . .

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