Coleridge, Wordsworth and Shelley: comparisons
Nature according to Coleridge: Nature is the way the One life ( that is a divine power ) expresses itself, so all creatures must be respected, being the
"personification" of God.
The natural elements and the landscape are endowed with a deeper symbolic meaning.
Nature according to Wordsworth: Nature is the main theme of his poetry and it has different meanings:
1. Nature as countryside opposed to town
2. Nature as a source of feelings - joy and happiness
3. Nature as an active force, a sort of
goddess that is worshipped.
Nature is pervaded by a cosmic power, a Mighty Power, that is identified with
God ( pantheistic view ).
Nature according to Shelley: Nature has a deeper meaning which goes beyond the physical appearance.
There is a universal invisible spiritual force, the Spirit of the Universe, which
continually creates new life and govern natural elements, that are endowed with a soul.
All creatures aspire to return to the Whole, the One.
The cosmic power can't be identified with God, Who doesn't exist.
Other comparisons among Coleridge, Wordsworth and Shelley are into the attached file: a table that explains Religious beliefs, Political and philosophical influences, Social involvement, poetry and imagination.