A “Worshiper of Nature” Still?

 Description A “Worshipper of Nature” Still?: Romantic poetry is perhaps best known for its high, at times almost religious, respect for “Nature” (with a capital N). This is especially apparent in Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” and in Coleridge’s “The Eolian Harp” (and, to some extent, “Frost at Midnight” as well). But other poems—Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality,” Coleridge’s “Dejection: An Ode,” and even to some extent Keats’s 1819 odes—express pointed doubts about the power of nature to encourage or uplift human beings. Choosing one poem from before 1800 and one from after 1800 (by the same or different authors), explore how nature is portrayed and whether such a portrayal changes in meaningful ways. To the extent that you see a change, also try to explain why such a shift has occurred. Is this, in some ways, a “natural” response to changes in the author’s life? to changes in society? Has the focus shifted away from nature to the self? If so, why? Especially in the post-1800 poem, is the speaker still a “worshipper of nature” (Wordsworth’s words at the end of “Tintern Abbey”)?