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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  • (4/5/2019 6:33:00 AM)

    Nice but long (Report)Reply

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

    This poem is mind blowing
    Thank you sir
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  • (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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  • (10/2/2018 9:27:00 AM)

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

    (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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  • (9/26/2018 8:46:00 AM)

    Not bad (Report)Reply

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  • (7/30/2018 8:21:00 PM)

    So nice poem (Report)Reply

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  • Sheikh 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! ! !
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  • (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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  • Britte Ninad (5/28/2018 10:12:00 PM)

    great to me-

    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.
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  • (4/25/2018 8:50:00 PM)

    I am going to tell this poem in my school Elecution (Report)Reply

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  • (4/25/2018 8:49:00 PM)

    I am going to tell this poem in my school Elecution (Report)Reply

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  • (4/20/2018 1:53:00 PM)

    Amazing. Really very nice and easy for learning too. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/28/2018 6:34:00 AM)

    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...........great work!
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    (10/2/2018 9:25:00 AM)

    YoU trash kid ur so kidness and you are are so trash and fortnite and in life you f$$$King kid trash

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  • (3/26/2018 9:05:00 AM)

    such a great way of writing this wonderful poem (Report)Reply

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  • (3/15/2018 9:21:00 AM)

    Manachake (Report)Reply

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  • (2/11/2018 8:34:00 AM)

    Amazing! Well composed... Video was awesome! Thank you poem hunter.com (Report)Reply

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  • (1/14/2018 8:14:00 AM)

    Swallowed (Report)Reply

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  • (1/2/2018 11:18:00 AM)

    Really very meaningful poem .. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/28/2017 3:06:00 AM)

    Lovely (Report)Reply

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  • (12/12/2017 8:55:00 AM)

    Oh Extremely mind-blowing poem..... I am a huge fan of William Wordsworth and his awesome poems. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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