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    as its exercise supposes all the higher qualities of the mind to be.........

    Because of the prominence of landscape in this period, “Romantic poetry” has to the popular mind become almost synonymous with “nature poetry.” Neither Romantic theory nor practice, however, justifies the opinion that the aim of this poetry was description for its own sake. Wordsworth in fact insisted that the ability to observe and describe objects accurately, although necessary, is not at all a sufficient condition for poetry, “as its exercise supposes all the higher qualities of the mind to be passive, and in a state of subjection to external objects.”

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Romantic Period (1785-1830), The Novel

    Hello teachers,

    I can’t understand the blue part, a quotation said by Wordsworth. Would you please clarify it to me in
    one sentence. In fact I know the meaning of each word but as a whole I can’t conclude what he is saying.

    In Word Reference Forum one answered my question but I couldn't understand his explanation
    That's why I decided to ask it here.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: as its exercise supposes all the higher qualities of the mind to be.........

    Here is the WR Forum answer referred to:

    cyberpedant
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    "The acts of observation and description of the external world, which are necessary, are not sufficient for the creation of good poetry as they require the poet to focus on things which are of minor importance." I imagine the "higher qualities" he refers to include (but are not limited to) morality and ethics.



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    Re: as its exercise supposes all the higher qualities of the mind to be.........

    I mentioned in my post which I couldn't understand this explanation. I have read this answer in WR forum.

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    Re: as its exercise supposes all the higher qualities of the mind to be.........

    He is saying the free imagination is more important in poetry than the ability (to scientifically, or logically, or accurately) observe and describe real objects, which any ordinary person can do without being a poet. "Higher qualities of the mind" are the creative and imaginative processes here.

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