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The Effects of William Wordsworth William Wordsworth, the age's good Bard, had a significant impact on his contemporaries. Best known for his amazing poems on nature, Wordsworth was a poet of expression to matters past. He realized however, that the memory of one's earlier emotional experiences isn't an infinite supply of poetic material. As Wordsworth grew old, there was a general decline in his prowess as a poet. Life's inevitable change, together with the changes in financial and social status, affected Wordsworth as well as his political and philosophical stances, sometimes to the chagrin of his contemporaries. Wordsworth, once a poet of social radicalism, became conservative in his views later in life, and this grieved a number of the contemporaries. Such poets as Percy Shelley wrote critiques of both Wordsworth and his shift in allegiances, while others such as Felicia Hemans decided to write tributes of their guy's past glory, and his effect upon their lives. In Percy Shelley's poem, "To Wordsworth", Shelley addresses Wordsworth's diminishing connection with his own past. As age progresses, memories grow dim alongside their capacity to inspire fresh poetry. Shelley does not fault Wordsworth because of that. Shelley writes, "Poet of Nature, thou hast wept to know /That things depart which never can returnВ...: All these common woes I feel." (701 lines 1-5) Shelley is sympathetic to Wordsworth in relation to his declining ability to become motivated by previous experience. It's a frequent experience shared with other antiques, as Wordsworth requested himself in "Ode: Imitations of Immortality", "Whither is fled the visionary gleam? / Where is it now, the glory and the dream?" (288 lines 56-57)Wordsworth feels something is missing, as Shelley notes, some thing has "fled like swee...