Anthropomorphitism

An`thro`po`mor´phi`tism


n.1.Anthropomorphism.
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These lines from the climax of The Excursion (1814),(11) composed in 1798, echo Tintern Abbey and the anima mundi of Aeneid VI, circling back towards the Virgilian influences from which Wordsworth set out, and forward to the 'Powers' that continue to haunt his later poetry, for example in the second sonnet of the Ecclesiastical Sketches, and in 'At Sea off the Isle of Man', from the Itinerary Poems of 1833.(12) As late as the Preface of 1815 he was arguing that 'the anthropomorphitism of the Pagan religion' subjected the minds of the poets of the Ancient World too much to 'the bondage of definite form'.(13) In spite of these reservations, however, the pagan gods stage something of a come-back in his poetry from 1803 onwards, as we have seen in 'The world is too much with us'.