Experiences in Nature, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and Ode by Wordsworth

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Experiences in Nature

J. Alfred Prufock looms at a dinner party contemplating human social interaction; whist Wordsworth's narrarator ponders his turbulent feelings of nature and aging. Trudging over opposite ideas, the narrarators share the burdens of isolation, alienation, and trouble caused by nature. These afflictions of isolation and alienation disturb the narrarators for differing reasons; and the types of nature troubling them differ. Wordsworth's narrator's worries carry him to the past; whereas Prufrock's troubles seize him to the present and look into the future. Both narrarators share burdens dealing with isolation and nature, but Prufrock's faces an opposite, more extreme nature then Wordsworth.

The narrarator in Wordsworth's poem speaks of a problem he has encountered. He lost his ability to experience the glories of nature. Wordsworth writes, "There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, / The earth, and every common sight, / To me did seem / Appareled in a celestial light, / The glory and the freshness of a dream.

/ It is not as it hath been of yore"(1141). This passage displays how the narrarator viewed everything in nature as heavenly, but can no longer see this, presenting the conflict the narrarator faces. The narrarator still recognizes nature all around him as Wordsworth writes, "The rainbow comes and goes, / And lovely is the Rose, / The moon doth with delight, / Look round her when the heavens are bare, / Waters on a starry night, / Are beautiful and fair, / The sunshine is a glorious birth, / But yet I know, where'er I go, / That there hath past away a glory from the earth"(1141). Despite having nature in view the narrarator lost his ability to gain insight from it, and he feels some glory has left earth.

The narrarator thus endures a turbulent...