What are the limitations of Wordsworth nature-treatment


Wordsworth’s nature treatment has also been criticized as one-sided and partial. As W.H. Hudson points out, “he finds a never failing principal of joy in nature.” He tells us in one of his well-known poems,

“And it is my faith

That every flower enjoys the air it breathes.”


He also believes that is a “Holy plan” at work in the world of leaves and flowers. He thus remains blind to the sorrow and suffering that pervades all nature, to the brutal struggle for existence and mutual butchery which is nature’s law. As Aldus Huxley in his “Nature in the Tropics” points out, he had never strayed out of the Lake District and so never had the chance of coming across nature “red in tooth and claw.” His vision was, therefore, limited; he had no knowledge of nature in her more terrible aspects, and could not realize the whole truth about her.

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