Selected Poems of William Wordsworth
Wordsworth is considered an anti-intellectual in that he knew that man was much more than just a reasoning being. According to Wordsworth, man was created to feel emotions and to enjoy life through contemplation about nature. Oddly, Coleridge criticizes the poetry of his friend by stating Wordsworth’s fault is to be excessively matter-of-fact. Indeed, for Wordsworth, there is little, if any, compromise with technology or urban life. To Wordsworth, people are better to trust the thinking of a little child than the scholarly ramblings of erudition. The peace and quiet of the countryside are much preferred than the din and confusion of the city. But most important, Wordsworth refused to be drawn into pretentiousness and materialism with its constant wanting, buying, and selling unimportant trinkets and gadgets. Indeed, as many critics have pointed out before, William Wordsworth believed life to be a fine art to be nurtured by nature with its simplicity. Obviously, there are assumptions about life that Wordsworth held that can be refuted from a biblical philosophy. Nevertheless, Wordsworth is the master of experiencing, living, and writing about the unhurried, simple life, which man undoubtedly was meant to live.