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Wordsworth's Spiritual Quest

By closely reading several of Wordsworth's more famous poems written prior to the completion of The Prelude, one can follow the significant development of his spiritual consciousness. This viewpoint also offers a fresh understanding of Wordsworth's expressed nostalgia for childhood, his altering relationship to nature, his reverence for the imagination, his advancement toward conventional religion, and his diminishing power as a poet after 1808--the end of the period that Wordsworth scholars have christened "the great decade."

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