Before we began studying Wordsworth, I groaned because my instructor said he was the precursor to Whitman, whom I loath. But as I've been reading, I really enjoy his poetry! I connect more with it. Especially the poem "Michael", where the perfect pleasant rural life is ruined by the city.
Wordsworth seems to have this thing about the elderly, as if he's trying to hang on to old ways because he is afraid of the new scientific advancements. But discovering this attribute was like learning about myself! I love spending time with the elderly just to hear their stories. Too many times I find myself wishing I was raised among a generation that held more of their values.
I have no use for Whitman however, I found him to be very presumptuous (sp?) and more inclined to break values than anything else.