had a great effect in retarding the growth of his fame.
He had carefully constructed a pair of spectacles through which his earlier poems were to be studied, and the public insisted on looking through them at his mature works, and were consequently unable to see fairly what required a different focus.
He forced his readers to come to his poetry with a certain amount of conscious preparation, and thus gave them beforehand the impression of something like mechanical artifice, and deprived them of the contented repose of implicit faith.
To the child a watch seems to be a living creature; but Wordsworth
would not let his readers be children, and did injustice to himself by giving them an uneasy doubt whether creations which really throbbed with the very heart's-blood of genius, and were alive with nature's life of life, were not contrivances of wheels and springs.
A naturalness which we are told to expect has lost the crowning grace of nature.
The men who walked in Cornelius Agrippa
's visionary gardens had probably no more pleasurable emotion than that of a shallow wonder, or an equally