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The Tables Turned Summary & Analysis
by William Wordsworth

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"The Tables Turned" was written by the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth and published in his 1798 collection Lyrical Ballads. The poem compares knowledge gathered from books with the profound wisdom of the natural world, and argues that nature is a far better (not to mention more enjoyable!) teacher. It also suggests that knowledge is incomplete without practical experience, which people simply can't get through studying. The poem thus fits right in with the aims and themes of the Romantic movement, which responded to the industrialization of society and celebrated the simplicity and beauty of nature.

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