Wordsworth and Yeats.....or something more clever than that.

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After the discussion on Romanticism and Modernism, it is pretty ridiculously, obviously and overtly apparent what catagory these two fit in: Romanticism.

Besides the constant references to nature, the most apparent example in Wordsworth's poetry, is probably in "The World Is Too Much with Us." While he seems to capitalize oddly (as "is" is capitalized in the title, there were some other interesting capitalizations in this poem that suggest a strong reverence of nature. The word "Nature" is capitalized, along with "Sea" and "God." Most people capitalize the word "god," is it is frequently used as a proper noun. By using both in the same poem, as proper nouns, Wordsworth elevates both the sea and nature to a level similar to god. It suggests that in some way they are sentiant forces, with a will of their own. He likewise capitalizes "Fountains, Meadows, Hills, Groves, Clouds, Moon, Rose and Nature" in "Ode." Again he seems to be suggesting that nature is some sort of god-like force. He also capitalizes "Soul, Philosopher, Child, Beast, and Creature," which again seems to suggest a special reverence for these romantic images/ideas.

The most obvious "Romantic" motiff that appears in Yeats' work is the references to Greek mythology. "Leda and the Swan" is a story about Zeus raping Leda, and thus concieving Helen, (as well as Pollux, one of the twins in the Gemini constellation) who would eventually be the legendary cause of the Trojan war, and many of the events surrounding it, which Yeats references when he says "The broken wall, the burning roof and tower/ And Agamemnon dead." Agamemnon was one of the Greek generals, who is killed by his wife Clytemnestra, Helen's non-divine half-sister, after the Trojan war. The most notable telling of this story is in The Orestia by Aeschyulus.   


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