I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud Reflection Essay

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It is through the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth that the reader can recognize everything nature has to offer. Wordsworth opens this poem by claiming that he is a cloud observing the nature underneath him. From here he sees a large field of daffodils, then further describes the deeper meaning of these flowers using a series of poetic devices. In the second and third stanzas, Wordsworth glorifies the image of the daffodils. He describes them as endless and “continuous as the stars that shine”. It is interesting to note how he describes the flowers in contrast to other works about nature. While other authors usually describe scenes of nature as temporary and ever-changing, Wordsworth hints at the permanent …show more content…
The impact of this was very great and allowed Sweden to advance in warfare. With the citizens under control and their natural rights stripped, Charles XII went onto defeat Russia in the Battle of Narva. Russian soldiers lost about 10,000 men at the end of the battle, while the Swedish troop only lost 667. (Wikipedia, Absolutism). It is through this consolidation of power that the aspect of fear is introduced and is able to play a major part in absolutism. Another benefit that the consolidation of power brings is that it allows less power to be held within the Church. Whether it was revealed in the 95 thesis or through other incidents, there is no question that the Church has manipulated its followers many times throughout European history. With complete power in the hands of the French ruler King Louis XIV, he was able to recognize the negative sides of Church power and finally subdue it. He passed the 1721 regulation that specifically delineated what the clergy could do and therefore used his power for the well-being of France (Wikipedia, Absolutism). He knew that France would be better without any Church influence at all, and this decision impacted France greatly.There is no doubt that the ability to consolidate power to one individual that absolutism became the most effective form of government in 17th and 18th century Europe. While there were many benefits for consolidating power, absolute rulers were also able to suppress the natural rights of man, which
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