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Wordsworth and his Publisher, a Bookplate and an Inscription
was, for him, a better guide to the living processes of nature than the old anthropo- morphic cults. The English Bible spoke of analogous 'powers' having control or influence in creation,' and Shakespeare in The Tempest attributed to them the retribution that fell on Alonzo and his companions for their treachery to Prospero:
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A universe of active 'powers', pagan or Christian, was not incom- patible with the forces of Newtonian physics, and even with Godwin's law of Necessity, and could thus be accepted as a poetic embodiment of both ancient and modern experience. It was for the poet to convey his own emotional responses to nature, not a body of doctrines. Wordsworth may have had this in mind in his letter of c.1804 about education in which he recommended, along with the study of fairy
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