Critical Analysis of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and “The Facebook Sonnet”

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Critical Analysis of “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and “The Facebook Sonnet” Light and happy or dark and lonely, both “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” and “The Facebook Sonnet” are similar in that both of their themes describe solitude. Still, William Wordsworth and Sherman Alexie use opposite ideas to take this concept in different lights. While Wordsworth describes an enjoyable evening walking through a meadow and speaks of his contentment thinking of this day when he is alone, Alexie describes forlorn wishful nature of an average Joe reminiscing on his past through social media. In this essay, I will compare and contrast the meaning of both works using the poets’ images and symbols, and will compare how each poet used the notion of…show more content…
After reading this poem, I am left with the imagery of a lonely thirty-something sitting in a dark room on her laptop, jealously “creeping” on her well-to-do and recently engaged sorority sisters. Many people use Facebook to stay connected with people of their past or to impress people they once knew, but when it comes down to it, this connection is a forsaken commodity, or so Alexie argues. Alexie used words like “endless” “shame” and “loneliness” to help create this desolated image. It also came to my attention that both poems use the suggestion of both “humans and” and “humans versus”. In “I Wandered”, Whitworth describes the relationship between man and nature, furthermore describing it as a beautiful thing that brings one joy. I noticed throughout the piece he alters the reality of his work, objectifying himself as a cloud that is wandering alone and also personifying nature in that the daffodils dance and toss their heads in the wind. This furthers the idea in that they are so similar; they can essentially “be each other”. Whitworth clearly thinks the appreciation of nature is helpful to the wellbeing of humanity. Whereas “The Facebook Sonnet” deals with a more controversial topic of “man versus machine” machine being the domain Facebook. Although this is not said directly, it is implied that Alexie is displeased with what Facebook has become, and with reason. He states, “Let’s sign up, sign in,

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