Tintern Abbey, Frost at Midnight and Ode to the West Wind Essay

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Romanticism was a revolutionary movement which began in English Literature (mainly poetry) around the Eighteenth Century in Western Europe and gained height during the times of the Industrial Revolution. Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Coleridge and Blake were regarded as the ‘Big Six’ of Romanticism. In ‘Tintern Abbey’ by William Wordsworth, ‘Frost at Midnight’ by Samuel Coleridge and ‘ Ode to the West Wind’ by Percy Shelley, we see clearly that nature is the central trigger for the poet’s imagination to take wings and to help each poet to seriously explore his inner world in a meditative manner; the treatment and responses to nature are also similar, despite some individual differences. This is not surprising considering the fact that …show more content…
After the death of his father he was separated from his sister and was sent off to a boarding school in London. He was put away from nature. His marital life was bothering him as well and he had several differences with his wife. In such a situation all his love poured out on his son Hartley. ‘Frost at Midnight’ is a prayer for the future of his lad. Wordsworth and Coleridge both studied in Cambridge and later composed a collection of poems called ‘Lyrical Ballads’ together. Shelley was a rebellious lad but he had a very vivid imagination as seen in the poem ‘Cloud’. Shelley was fed up of the rules and norms that society imposed upon an individual. He wanted to bring about change in the social systems by the medium of his works and his poem ‘ Ode to the West Wind’ the calls upon the wind to help him in his endeavors. Due to his rebellious nature Shelley was also expelled from Oxford University. At the time of writing his poem Shelley had gone through a lot of trauma which he couldn’t get over easily. He had just lost two of his children. However in addition to this there was a bud of hope blooming in his life since his wife was pregnant again and thus in the poem he even talks of spring which has more positive connotations. This clearly shows us how the lives of these great men had a significant impact upon their compositions.

It can be noticed that each poet begins with the description of the outer scene. William
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