My heart leaps up by William Wordsworth

The Child is father of the Man

"My heart leaps up" is a poem written by the famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth in 1802. In this poem, the poet remembers an experience of his childhood days and gives his emotions and feeling a meaning. The poet also expresses his love towards nature . A part of the book is to describe the effects of nature in our life in a way to show its greatness and value. Wordsworth's audience is the general class of people rather than the educated elite. The following is an explanation of the paradox found in the poem "The Child is father of the Man".

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Wordsworth's poem contains a meaningful paradoxical statement which is "The Child is father of the Man". A paradox is a statement which seems to be absurd but it is based on a true or false fact. According to him, childhood is the beginning of the manhood which means that t he qualities of the grown-up men are all derived from childhood. In reality, the child cannot be the father he is the man who can be a father. However, Wordsworth through this statement wants to say that things we do and feel as children, affects the way we feel when we are adults. All these are affected by nature since the child is put in an environment where he learns everything by his self-experiments, so he begins to explore things around him.

Moreover, he wants to say that present is the outcome of past and manhood is the outcome of the childhood. In other words, Wordsworth wants to inform us that the role of man is instrumental behind the birth of child who makes an indefinite relation with the nature and hence becomes the father of its manhood with the perception that it senses the beauty of nature, which overwhelms the capacity of his own adulthood. In addition, the believes that a man today was a child yesterday and the child today will be a man tomorrow. He also wishes to pass his days as a continuous chain showing a deep respect of nature that has an important and effective influence on our life.

As a conclusion, the speaker reveals the importance of appreciating nature and motivates us to do that. He believes that people should learn from children to have the ability to appreciate and enjoy nature.