thomson essay

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Nature in Thomson

Spring was first published in 1728 it was one of a four set of poems written by James Thomson called the seasons.

During the course of the eighteenth century the use of descriptive poetry served more than just a purpose it was found to be more important than that of an actual painting. Many critics have compared the seasons with specific scenes and paintings in order to display the confusion of the poetry and to prove the integuity of language in the achievement of visual effects. Thomson created painting through his visual experiences using divine analogy and compared his poetry to the vividness and beauty of nature. Addison argued the 'sensation from art could in imagination stimulate hues even more vivid than the original'. The language of his poetry created colour , hues and odour within the objects of his poetry this added to the inferior imagination of the reader.

(Ralph Cohen).

James Thomson studies in Edinburgh were he learnt about the new doctrine of philosophy, he had a particular interest in the work of Issac Newton. Fundamentally, James Thomson had intelligently incorporated Newton's teachings through his vision of nature. His famous poems of the four Seasons has successfully suggested hints of Newton's scientific explanations. For example in the poems Winter an d Summer they have words like 'lightening' and 'minerals'. Thomson wrote his poetry in a diverse mode because of the intellectual company he kept. The poetic devices incorporated in his poetry were to depict and saturate the natural variety of the world such as the satire, the tale and poeticized science. Many critics have suggested that the seasons has a depiction of Wordsworhtian style 'Thomsons fine, fresh depictions of nature and what they see as his woolly worn, homilies to man'. ( the poetry...