Excerpt from The Poetry of Nature
Some of the verses are but little lyrics, brief and delicate wafts of song, like Herrick's Daffodils others are deeper and stronger, moving with a long drawn, solemn music of thought, like Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey, or sweeping us away with ... tempest tones, like Shelley's West Wind. But two things I have sought and found in all of them, simple or profound. They are true to the facts of Nature, faithful in observation of her works and ways; not daring to report falsely or foolishly of birds and ¿owers, of trees and rivers, but seeing with a lover's eyes, and painting with a lover's hand, loyal to the form as well as to the spirit. They are also clear and lucid in their utterance of the idea or emotion which is their life; not shapeless and incoherent, darkening the face of Nature by words without knowledge; but illuminating it with the light that comes from a spirit that can both think and feel.
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