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Lines Written in Early Spring Summary & Analysis
by William Wordsworth

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"Lines Written in Early Spring" is English Romantic poet William Wordsworth's meditation on the harmony of nature—and on humanity's failure to follow nature's peaceful example. In the poem, written in 1798 and published in Wordsworth's and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads, a speaker reclines in a lovely grove on a spring morning. The joy he perceives in the natural world, and his belief that his own soul is somehow intimately connected to that joy, leads him to mourn "what man has made of man"—in other words, the cruelty, selfishness, and fighting that characterize humanity. The poem argues that while humans are part of nature, they sure don't act like it.

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