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Banalewicz 1Jessica BanalewiczENG450Paper 3November 21, 2019Professor FreemanThe Relationship of Nature and Imagination in The Prelude: Book 2: Childhood andSchool-time(Continued)Artists use their surroundings as tokens for inspiration. Taken into the realm of a poet is an unbelievable experience. Descriptions of objects or views can be interpreted in many differentways that open up one’s eye to a complex world they never even knew existed. Wordsworth draws a connection between Nature and Imagination in the second book of The Prelude. This book follows closely the story of how the speaker’s adventures matured: the theme of the child becoming a man due to his intimacy with nature. The imagination is in the impression and transformation to mirror a vast and infinite mind that perceives in nature. The relationship between Nature and Imagination is truth in Solitude and modest, natural living. The poet takes the reader through the most genuine and vital moments of the formation into the young mature man he will become. By giving examples of his own experiences, feelings, and opinions, he showcases how and why he made nature such a valuable asset to his life. One of the first interactions with the poet is when he addresses that if the mature logic of duty and truth could be united to childish eagerness, it would improve the human being. “ –who would not give / If so he might, to duty and to truth / The eagerness of infantine desire?”
Banalewicz 2(Wordsworth, The Prelude, lines 24-26). The poet then tries to create a joyful balance between friendship and meditation. Rather than showing off skill and strength, he came to appreciate a quiet independence and appeared to stem an internal power from Solitude. “Thus the pride of strength…thus was gradually produced / A quiet independence of the heart;/ … And I was taught to feel, perhaps too much, / The self-sufficing power of Solitude.” (Wordsworth, The Prelude, lines 70-78). This tying nature and imagination together through the transformation of living in

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