William Wordsworth's Nuns Fret Not

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I before e except after c, avoid omitting serial commas, and never EVER let a participle dangle. Those who choose to write are perhaps too familiar with these specific rules. Some are tedious, some are almost impossible to remember, yet all help the author to create lucid writing so her point may be established. For poetry, the case is no different. There are various forms to choose from, versatile meters to pace the reader, and the ability to layer information to gradually make a point. Some forms can be generous in what they allow the author to do, and in William Wordsworth’s “Nuns Fret Not” the author admits that forms can be restricting in meter, rhyme, and length. That does not mean however that he’s immobile, Wordsworth is able to …show more content…
When one reads the complete line 13th line, “who have felt the weight of too much liberty,” the emphasis is then directed onto the reader, showing that Wordsworth himself has felt that weight and offers the reader to do as he’s done, to find the benefits restraining has to offer. The third instance can be found between lines eight and nine. Usually in sonnets, both parts (octave and sestet) are separated by independent sentences, yet in “Nuns”, a sentence connects the octave and sestet, marking another breach from a normal approach. All examples show that even though Wordsworth has confined himself to a set of rules, with a little tweaking, he’s able to emphasize that one can find joy even when limited in specific ways. Not only does Wordsworth change the structure of his poem, his diction also deviates from what’s considered normal. The first four lines of the octave describe five different occupations and the restrictions each entails. The restrictions, being narrow rooms; confinement to a cell; studying in a pensive citadels; working at a maid’s wheel or a weavers loom, are either physical, or offer little to no sensory stimulation. The second part of the octave further emphasizes this point, by nothing that even insects, things we thing of having infinitely more freedom than humans, are also harnessed to the same chains. A bee which is free to fly wherever it chooses,