William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

A Character

Poem by William Wordsworth

I marvel how Nature could ever find space
For so many strange contrasts in one human face:
There's thought and no thought, and there's paleness and bloom
And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There's weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain
Could pierce through a temper that's soft to disease,
Would be rational peace--a philosopher's ease.

There's indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,
And attention full ten times as much as there needs;
Pride where there's no envy, there's so much of joy;
And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.

There's freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she's there,
There's virtue, the title it surely may claim,
Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name.

This picture from nature may seem to depart,
Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;
And I for five centuries right gladly would be
Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.


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  • Gayatri PhukanGayatri Phukan (9/29/2019 12:59:00 AM)

    Abeautiful and wounderfull poem(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/20/2019 1:57:00 PM)

    Great william wordsworth. one cannot but praise him. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (6/20/2019 11:30:00 AM)

    A gem from one of the greatest poets! Thanks for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/20/2019 11:29:00 AM)

    Weakness! !
    Strange contrasts;
    Human beings on earth.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (6/20/2019 10:40:00 AM)

    Great write about different human faces. Loved it very much.
    There's indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,
    And attention full ten times as much as there needs;
    Pride where there's no envy, there's so much of joy;
    And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.
    ... is awesome. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (6/20/2019 7:46:00 AM)

    This picture from nature may seem to depart,
    Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;
    And I for five centuries right gladly would be
    Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.....outstanding conceptualization. Most beautiful poem by William Wordsworth is amazingly shared.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (6/20/2019 7:32:00 AM)

    Great poem it is on dualities of life.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/20/2019 3:27:00 AM)

    " The picture from nature may seem to depart
    Yet the man would at once run away with your heart"
    The flight of imagery as also the style of narration are simply superb.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/20/2019 1:18:00 AM)

    There's freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
    Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she's there,
    There's virtue, the title it surely may claim,
    Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name.



    great
    great and great
    10+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (6/20/2019 12:39:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by William Wordsworth...............................(Report)Reply

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  • Aarohi (4/5/2019 6:33:00 AM)

    Nice but long(Report)Reply

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  • Krushna Chandra GhoshKrushna Chandra Ghosh (11/3/2018 3:43:00 AM)

    This poem is mind blowing
    Thank you sir(Report)Reply

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  • Stella (10/7/2018 10:57:00 PM)

    this poem id really good and I did that poem as the homework(Report)Reply

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  • Unknown user (10/2/2018 9:27:00 AM)

    this poem cant be more trash than ever(Report)Reply

    anonymous(1/4/2019 4:22:00 PM)

    Or no better than ever, but it could be the trashiest ever if you wrote for all I know

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  • Athul (9/26/2018 8:46:00 AM)

    Not bad(Report)Reply

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  • Abdul Rashid wani (7/30/2018 8:21:00 PM)

    So nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • Sheikh Shadi MarjanSheikh Shadi Marjan (6/29/2018 3:23:00 PM)

    This picture from nature may seem to depart,
    Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;
    And I for five centuries right gladly would be
    Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.


    How Beautiful! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • AYUSHMAN SINHA (6/19/2018 10:26:00 AM)

    This is nice poem I write this poem In my holiday home work(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002