Nature Of Wise Innocence By William Wordsworth

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Nature of Wise Innocence Written over the course of several years beginning in 1802, Ode to Intimations by William Wordsworth is one of the most revered poems of the Romantic period. The sonnet explores man 's relationship with nature and the gradual loss of the glorious life of childhood. In William Wordsworth’s “Ode to Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood” the speaker specifically uses the memories of the innocence and life of his childhood to articulate his ideas of devotion and connection with nature. The central idea of the poem stems out of the first lines: “There was a time when…the earth…did seem Apparell’d in celestial light” (Wordsworth line 1-4). The speaker is writing of a time in the past when…show more content…
There is something about life that the speaker knows is beautiful. He very much wants, more than anything it seems, to see the beauty of each moment. He describes a beautiful scene of nature, exclaiming that “I hear, I hear, with joy I hear!” (line 51). The repetition of “hear” and the knowledge that this is what the speaker desires makes it seem that he is forcing it. And immediately afterwards there is this reversal: “But-…speak of something that is gone” (line 54). It seems that he is always going to be aware that he has fallen from his original, glorious state. He grieves his inability to remain in that pure, brilliant being. He recognizes that there is nothing to do about this, as “The Youth…still is nature’s priest” (line 73). The question arises concerning where his glorious state has gone off to. “Where is it now, the glory and the dream?” (line 58). The speaker struggles knowing that his childhood state of bliss must have gone somewhere, but where could it have gone? These questions he asks are an attempt to hold on to something from his innocence. Is there a way he could regain the divine sight? The speaker starts the fifth stanza with the bold statement, “Our birth is both a sleep and a forgetting” (line 59). Typically, birth is referred to as a great beginning, an awakening. By stating that our birth is not the start or a creation, but instead a sleep and forgetting, the speaker is referring to his problem of fallenness.
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