Nature as Teacher
Now that you have read Wordsworth’s “To a Butterfly” and considered what the speaker suggests about the natural world and how he conveys his ideas, you’re ready to consider what you think of these ideas. Respond to the following questions to demonstrate your understanding of the poem, its connection to romanticism, and the applicability of the ideas to modern life.
1. Do you think the speaker (Wordsworth) gains anything by taking the time to observe the butterfly?
2. How does the speaker’s appreciation for the butterfly demonstrate a Romantic view of nature? Use specific examples from the poem to support your response.
3. Do you believe that people today would benefit from the same kind of close observation of nature? Why or why not? Provide an example from your own life in support of your response.
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