Biocentrism in the Pastoral Poems of William Wordsworth and Tao Yuanming

Haiyan LIAO


The paper analyzes how both William Wordsworth and Tao Yuanming depict nature in their poems, emphasizing the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of treating the natural world with respect and reverence. The comparison between Wordsworth, an English Romantic poet, and Tao Yuanming, a Chinese poet from the Jin Dynasty, could provide insights into the cultural and philosophical differences in their approaches to nature. Wordsworth frequently communicates a longing for a harmonious relationship between humanity and nature, indicating an aspiration for mutual respect and cohabitation. In Tao’s poems, there is a depiction of harmony between human existence and the natural realm, embodying a coexistence that resonates with the principles of biocentrism.


Biocentrism; Interconnectedness; Pastoral poems; William Wordsworth; Tao Yuanming

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