Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "To Nature"

  1. The poet states that some may think it's a fantasy that he finds beauty in nature
  2. It may indeed be fantasy when I
    Essay to draw from all created things
    Deep, heartfelt, inward joy that closely clings;
  3. In nature the poet finds love and reverence piety (reverence for God and religious obligation).
  4. And trace in leaves and flowers that round me lie
    Lessons of love and earnest piety.
  5. The poet does not care what others think if his relationship with nature.
  6. So let it be; and if the wide world rings
    In mock of this belief, it brings
    Nor fear, nor grief, nor vain perplexity.
  7. The poet sees himself as a priest in his relationship with God. He views nature and the field as an altar (a church) to God. The smell of the flowers take the place of the incense that a priest burns during a church service. The sky takes the place of the dome that is found in the middle of many churches.
  8. So will I build my altar in the fields,
    And the blue sky my fretted dome shall be,
    And the sweet fragrance that the wild flower yields
    Shall be the incense I will yield to Thee,
    Thee only God! and thou shalt not despise
    Even me, the priest of this poor sacrifice
  9. Review the readings on the Romantic view of nature and describe how this poem reflects that view.