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William Wordsworth

Cumberland / England
Tuesday, December 31, 2002

A Character

Rating: 3.4
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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Dr Antony Theodore 10 December 2020
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. rational and philosopher's ease and peace. great poem. tony
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Gayatri Phukan 29 September 2019
Abeautiful and wounderfull poem
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Dr Antony Theodore 20 June 2019
Great william wordsworth. one cannot but praise him. tony
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Ruta Mohapatra 20 June 2019
A gem from one of the greatest poets! Thanks for sharing!
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Edward Kofi Louis 20 June 2019
Weakness! ! Strange contrasts; Human beings on earth. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Anil Kumar Panda 20 June 2019
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.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 20 June 2019
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.
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Savita Tyagi 20 June 2019
Great poem it is on dualities of life.
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Ratnakar Mandlik 20 June 2019
" 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.
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Adeeb Alfateh 20 June 2019
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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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