A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

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Poet William Wordsworth was born on April 7, 1770, in Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. Wordsworth’s mother died when he was 7, and he was an orphan at 13. Despite these losses, he did well at Hawkshead Grammar School—where he wrote his first poetry—and went on to study at Cambridge University. He did not excel there but managed to graduate in 1791. Born in England in 1770, poet William Wordsworth worked with Samuel Taylor Coleridge on Lyrical Ballads (1798). A slumber did my spirit seal is a poem written by William Wordsworth in 1798 and published in the 1800 edition of Lyrical Ballads. The collection, which contained Wordsworth 's "Tintern Abbey," introduced Romanticism to English poetry. Wordsworth also showed his affinity for nature with the famous poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. He became England 's poet laureate in 1843, a role he held until his death in 1850.
A slumber did my spirit seal is one of Wordsworth 's "Lucy Poems," which focus primarily on the death of a young woman named Lucy (though she remains unnamed in this poem). Many scholars and literary historians have offered theories as to who Lucy was, but her true identity remains a mystery. We see the speaker 's realization not only that this young woman has died, but also that bad things can happen in a beautiful world. The poem may be less about the speaker 's innocence than about his belief in the young woman 's power. He seems to have built her up in his mind into a goddess,…
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