Paradoxically, Wordsworth’s theology may have formed a more effective counterforce to Darwin’s ideas than Biblical orthodoxy itself.
Even Charles Bradlaugh, the first atheist member of Parliament, was haunted by the psalmist’s reproach, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”
What many responded to in Wordsworth’s evocations of Nature’s sacrality was his restoration of a partially obscured link between Nature and the divine.
In 1848 Ralph Waldo Emerson is on record as having paid a return visit to the then aged Wordsworth.
Wordsworth gave rise not just to a minority group of high-culture admirers but to a popular revolution in ordinary people’s thinking.