In Oscar Wilde's A Sentimental Journey Through Literature, he suggests that the literary critic 'Mr Noel' thought Lord Byron was a "true nature worshipper and Pantheist".

Wilde provides evidence to the contrary, saying Byron spoke with contempt of

'twaddling about trees and babbling o' green fields'

And that Byron also said:

'Away with this cant about nature! A good poet can imbue a pack of cards with more poetry than inhabits the forests of America,'

What is meant by these quotes?

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    The lines say that Byron was not against nature, but nature worship. He argues against poetry that overdid it on the subject by being trivial, incoherent, or preachy: twaddling, babbling, canting. Mar 23 '21 at 15:47

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