references to nature in his poetry shows that he paid close attention to the details of the physical environment around him. His poetry relates to nature by focusing primarily on the relationship between inner life with the outer world. William Wordsworth uses literary devices such as personification, similes, and the impressions nature makes on him to show the importance of the relationship that man should have with nature. Personification is used to make it easier for his readers to relate themselves…
would rather die. To Wordsworth being unable to experience nature will not be worth living a life where he could not find his true happiness and comfort zone. It was almost as if nature itself was keeping Wordsworth young in spirit.
An extremely notable favored poem by Wordsworth was, “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” Out of all three poems mentioned, this one really depicts his connection with nature. The very first line is, “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” shows that Wordsworth associates his self…
“WILLIAM WORDSWORTH AS THE WORSHIPPER OF NATURE”
There's nothing quite like poetry for singing a paean to nature. Among the many celebrated nature poets, William Wordsworth is probably the most famous. What sets his work apart from others is that his poetry was, in fact, an act of nature-worship. Wordsworth perceived the presence of divinity and healing in nature, the presence of a higher spirit that he considered a `balm' to weary souls.
His poem, Tintern Abbey, depicts with…
Where Wordsworth focused too on love and nature at first, he then took on more spiritual subjects. Further, if we assume that Wordsworth’s imitation of “The Retreat” was intentional, then Vaughan may have even been a poetic model (in some sense) for Wordsworth later in life. True, Wordsworth is not generally considered a religious poet; he would never have originally considered Vaughan a model because of the latter’s extreme religiosity. Yet if these two poems don’t echo in godly gestures per se…
conclusion, William Wordsworth cleanly describes the act of watching a patch of country daffodils swaying in the breeze and the lasting effect this pleasant image has on his quiet moments of reverie thereafter. But, perhaps in this simple four stanza poem, William Wordsworth has, in writing “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, succeeded in creating one of his greatest works of Romantic poetry by so perfectly actualizing the emotional virtue of Romantic poetry itself.
William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) was…
as human beings. "(Frank N. Magil et al, 2200)
Returning to England, Wordsworth briefly found congeniality in a circle of other young freethinkers. To his content, they were radical philosophers, one of whom was William Godwin, the author of "Political Justice". "However this was short lived, soon after William found himself settling in with his talented sister Dorothy Wordsworth. It was during this time, Wordsworth met Samuel Taylor Coleridge who soon would change his life forever. Both…
The Impact of William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth, the age's great Bard, had a significant impact on his contemporaries. Best known for his beautiful poems on nature, Wordsworth was a poet of reflection on things past. He realized however, that the memory of one's earlier emotional experiences is not an infinite source of poetic material. As Wordsworth grew older, there was an overall decline in his prowess as a poet. Life's inevitable change, with one's changes in monetary and social status,…
began to look at a different approach to thought. The Romantic period, roughly between the years of 1785 to 1830, was a period when poets turned to nature, their individual emotions, and imagination to create their poetry. Romantic poets such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats rejected conventional literary forms, regular meters, and complex characters and experimented with emotion and nature subjects in their poems which marked a literary renaissance. Besides a response to the Enlightenment…
Romanticism officially began in 1798, when William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge anonymously published Lyrical Ballads. This work marked the official beginning of a literary period which had already begun many years before 1798. A work is defined to be of a certain period by its characteristics, therefore to be considered a Romantic work, the work must contain aspects which are termed "Romantic." A few typical "Romantic" aspects are: love of the past; sympathy to the child's mind; faith…
and analyzing their two poems, I will try to define Wordsworth and Emerson¡¯s respective conception of nature. The reason why they formed such conceptions of nature is, to the former, lies in his passiveness; and to the latter, in German philosophy and bold individualism.
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II. Wordsworth¡¯s conception of nature
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William Blake and William Wordsworth both wrote about the city of London, though they presented their views from totally different angles. William Blake wrote about the dreary ugliness of London life by taking a stroll down London's streets, while, William Wordsworth writes more about the beauty in London. This could be due to the fact that Blake lived in London most of his life (with the exception of the three years he lived in Sussex, in the south of England, where he worked for his friend, the…
Nature is the universe, with all its phenomena, the elements of the natural world. In society there are those individuals that have an intense connection with nature. William Wordsworth, a romanticist, pantheist and transcendentalist believed that the natural world was an emblem of god or the divine and his poetry often celebrates the beauty and spiritual values of the natural world. Chris McCandless believed that nature was the essence of freedom.
The module "In the Wild" deals with humanity's relationship…
The poem London by Blake is about the corrupt and immoral environment,
which existed throughout English cities during the industrial
revolution; Blake discusses royalty, sexually transmitted diseases and
religious influence on people. Wordsworth however, displays a more
positive and naïve attitude when writing about themes such as life,
location and beauty. Therefore Wordsworth's poem Composed upon
Westminster Bridge is a song of naïve innocence compared to Blake's
Wordsworth stood on the cliff 'not only with the sense of 'present pleasure'; (63) but he joyfully anticipated the moments 'for future years'; (65). He came back to reality and began to analyze the situation after his reminiscing. Wordsworth realized that he had lost some guidance and was searching for the presence of nature when returning to the Wye. He remembered when he used to wander and roam as free as a roe but as he matured he felt content with tapping into his memories of his youth because…
Imagery is clearly evident all throughout the poem, like for example, in lines 6-7, Wordsworth describes how the winds that used to be there are “fading” and “dormant” which makes the reader just picture himself being within nature at that moment. Metaphors and personification are in lines 5 and 7 with the phrase, “sleeping flowers” and “Sea bares her bosom,” since the flowers and sea are given a humanlike quality. An apparent metaphor is given in the 10th line where the speaker mentions he rather…
By: Lee A. Zito
William Wordsworth was a revolutionary man who sought to create poetry that was personal, imaginative, and spiritual in nature. Through the popularity of his works he contributed to the Romantic Period tremendously, ushering out the age of Neo-Classic concepts. The poem "Michael", demonstrates Wordsworth's talent in blending together all of his poetic ideas and ultimately creating a beautiful Lyrical Ballad with the ability to touch the soul of everyone who reads it. An enthusiast…
see 'a sight so touching'
then there would be something dull about them. The next stanza is
explaining that the city is wearing a beautiful piece of clothing.
'The city now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning;'
Wordsworth describes what he sees. He is very blunt and short. 'Ships.
Towers. Theatres.' During this time, (before the invention of the
motor car) there was no pollution. ' All bright and glittering in the
smokeless air.' In the rest of the poem…
Daffodils’ Wordsworth is ‘wandering like a cloud’, but the mental
patients are described as ‘not seeing, not feeling’ in Clarke’s poem;
conveying that they are trapped in their own bodies and are trying to
The insanity of all of these inmates in Clarke’s is not dangerous,
except for the beautiful chestnut haired boy who is schizophrenic, ‘on
a good day’ and this shows the reader that looks aren’t always
everything. They are trapped in their world…
beauty, of a lonely person who found love in something or someone. It
shows solitariness and sociability. The narrator is most likely to be
Wordsworth, reliving a personal experience. This personal experience
seems to be based around love, and so the tone of the poem is
After looking closer at the poem I would say that Wordsworth had once,
and may of become again, been alone. He seemed to feel that he was the
only one in a vast space, "lonely as a cloud that floats…
Wordsworth talks about the mind being free and
relaxed, “Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!” The adjective
‘deep’ shows how immense the tranquility is. It also shows how the
poem is personal, “Ne’er saw I.” He sets the scene in the morning,
creating a feeling of calmness and peace, “The beauty of the morning;
silent, bare.” The noun ‘beauty’ implies splendor and magnificence,
showing the opposite of what Blake writes about ‘London’. The
adjective ‘silent’ is also the opposite of what…
Did Wordsworth or Coleridge have greater influence on modern criticism?
Wordsworth, Coleridge, and British Romanticism
After a brief introduction of the period that will contrast the Romantics with the century that preceded them, we shall move on to analyze the great poetic, theoretical experiment that most consider the Ur text of British Romanticism: "Lyrical Ballads". We shall explore both the unique plan of "Lyrical Ballads", and the implications of that plan for literary…
theme and content be different to the form of the “Thistles” poem. The
content of the “Daffodils” poem is that it is full of words that makes
you feel calm and relaxed while you read the poem, as it has nice and
sweet things, and the way Wordsworth expresses his feelings for the
daffodils is such that it even affects the content, it makes the
Each poet has used language to communicate atmosphere, ideas and
attitudes in their poems. In each poem there are a few aspects…
in order to spur them into action and, more specifically, into nature. Rather than employ books’ “barren leaves” (l. 30) as teachers, Wordsworth urges his readers to accept Nature as their sole teacher. There is irony in “The Tables Turned” that reveals Wordsworth’s belief that all books are not created equally (Menke). While books “of Science and of Art” (Wordsworth l.…
thoughts and feelings expressed and the diction Wordsworth employs are all symbolic of this period's poetry. In this paper, these characteristics will be explored and their "Romantic" propensities exposed. This will be done by utilizing a wide selection of Wordsworth's poetry spanning the poet's lifetime.
His experiences are certainly mirrored in the subject matter of his creations and because of the inextricable link between Wordsworth the man and Wordsworth the poet, the poems discussed in this paper…
of weakness and woe to Blake’s narrator. Blake mentions the “blasts” of the infant, chimney sweeper, soldier and even the harlot. Wordsworth’s London is asleep and at rest, while Blake’s London is restless and awake even through midnight.
While Wordsworth portrays the beauty of London, Blake describes a cruel, cold and bitter London. The purpose of Blake’s London is to reveal the compulsion of the lower class citizens of London, by the nobles during the late 18th century. Blake uses various poetic…
A Comparison of Blake, Wordsworth and Keats
William Blake, John Keats and William Wordsworth all believe in the "depth" of the world and the possibilities of the human heart. However, each poet looks towards different periods in time to capture meaning in life. Blake looks towards the future for his inspiration, Keats towards the present and Wordsworth towards the past. Regardless of where each poet looks for their inspiration they are all looking for the same thing; timeless innocence. Each poet…
nature, and adds to the future shock of his embracing it. Another way involves the structure of the poem. Being an Italian sonnet, the poem is supposed to break into two different sections, the first being eight lines and the second being six. While Wordsworth does break his poem into two parts, he does it midway through the ninth line. Although this may not mean much too us, but scholars and other well read people of his day would notice this immediately. He does this because a main theme of this poem…
The Romantic Period, which included the years 1798-1832, was an era revolting against the 18th century literary style. The time period was filled with poets who dramatically poured their beliefs into their writings and poetry such as William Wordsworth, a very notable Romantic poet during this time period. In stark contrast, the Victorian Period was a time during which poets wrote about the environment that surrounded them, and tended to have a pessimistic view of life. Matthew Arnold, a Victorian…
According to a commentary, Wordsworth believes it is rare to find a person who believes that they do not need materialistic items to live a happy life (saifjw). Also, “People are concerned with earning and spending money” (saifjw). Wordsworth states, “Little we see in Nature that is ours” (line 3). One analysis of this line would be that people do not care about nature because it cannot offer them anything since they cannot physically have it. This supports the theme because it displays the materialistic…
works began to shift from passionate lyrics to lyrics that were more conservative. He died on April 23, 1850. His wife then published The Prelude which is considered to be the “crowning achievement of English romanticism.” (Andrews, H.. "William Wordsworth." Academy of American poets. Academy of American Poets, 2011. Web. 27 Feb 2012.)
When he was young he would spend much of his time playing outdoors with his sister. Dorothy would often comment on the beauty of the surrounding landscape. It was…
beauty is shared in the poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.” After a long climb over a high hill he finds his reward a valley shining with a huge field of daffodils. “Besides the lakes, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” As Wordsworth explains the scene. As each scene pops out of the poem, a new addition to the painting in your mind appears each time. The painting may vary from person to person, but I believe the same sense of awe is present with every mind. The portions cited…
evening” Wordsworth is describing a peaceful evening
by the sea, he talks about the “everlasting” roar of crashing waves and how beautiful
the sun looks as it is setting. Then its seems like he is calling out to a fair young lady
to and asking her to walk with him and savor the moment. Then, Wordsworth goes
on saying “And worshipp’st at the Temple’s inner shrine, God being with thee when
we know it not.” (Wordsworth 317). From these last two lines it seems as if
Wordsworth is implying…
trip to France, further influenced Wordsworth. Wordsworth's nautical references and ocean metaphors were strongly influenced by his brother, who was a sailor and died in a shipwreck. His work is largely characterized today by his oneness with nature and bringing about a new relationship between man and nature (Encyclopedia of Literature "William Wordsworth").
Wordsworth's "Ode: Imitation of Immortality" is an exceptional example of Romantic poetry (Wordsworth "Complete Poetical Works"). The first…
Martha was in love with Stephen, who betrayed her by marrying another woman. Martha was pregnant by Stephen, and the rumor was that she had murdered her baby. The reader feels all her pain when she cries, "Oh misery! oh misery! Oh woe is me! oh misery!" These words express her heartbreak at losing Stephen; her anguish at finding herself pregnant; her shame at being an unwed mother; her guilt and regret for murdering her baby; her grief over the baby's death; and her knowledge that her life is ruined…
He also uses exaggeration to
create a greater impact on the reader here as this is the first line
of the poem.
Keats and Wordworth personify in different ways from each other in the
two sonnets. While Wordsworth is more positive and sees beauty in
everything, Keats is more balanced ; as a result of this he makes the
sea come alive with a more evil and angry character. Alternating
moments in which the sea is calm and relaxed, and moments in which it
seems evil and angry. Keats also makes…
Wordsworth continues to relay his experience in nature as he expounds upon the affiliation between the daffodils and another natural element. Applying simile, the poet connects the flowers to the stars, "Continuous as the stars that shine / And twinkle on the milky way" (7-8). A mental picture of infinite flowers is created, while "shine" and "twinkle" produce an image of light. Wordsworth uses the light imagery to link the two aspects of nature; the luminous stars of the night and "golden" daffodils…
"Little we see in Nature that is ours;" (3) Wordsworth is expressing that nature is not a commodity to be exploited by humans, but should coexist with humanity, and "We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon" (4)! he pronounces that in our materialistic lifestyles, nothing is meaningful anymore. He says that even when the sea "bares her bosom to the moon" (5) and the winds howl, humanity is still out of tune. These lines (5-7) suggest that nature is helpless and unknown to the destruction man…
Lyrical Ballads by Wordsworth was the piece of work that established him as an accomplished poet. The work was considered a collaboration between Wordsworth and Coleridge but was originally published anonymously. A lot had been made of their friendship where each would comment on each other?s poetry but it must also be noted that Coleridge was in dire need of money. He had hoped to travel to Germany to study and when the book was published, and it helped to pay for his trip.
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writing this, Wordsworth makes it a
point to tell the audience that London is still worth coming to see
and it still is as beautiful as ever. This is when Wordsworth scans
through the view of London, perhaps in his sight, the Buckingham
Palace, which is a very important part of London.
He uses punctuation marks in every second line and it gives a smooth
yet fast flow to the feel of the poem. However, the poem creates a
Wordsworth uses an exclamation…
society, Wordsworth does not see nature as a commodity. The verse "Little we see in Nature that is ours" (3), shows that coexisting is the relationship envisioned. This relationship appears to be at the mercy of mankind because of the vulnerable way nature is described. The verse "This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon" (5), gives the vision of a woman exposed to the heavens. In addition, the phrase "sleeping flowers"(7) might also describe how nature is being overrun unknowingly.
with Nature. Both poets are content to be in the presence of Nature.
For Wordsworth as he associates with the daffodils he realises the
wealth and compassion of Nature, the over whelming power it has over
man's affections and feelings. Frost on the other hand doesn't quite
feel the awe of Nature. He realises its beauty and power to relax and
calm man, but he doesn't address it quite as enthusiastically as
Wordsworth. This adds to the feeling of discomfort that he has to
speaker out of his loneliness, the second emotion repeats and recurs to the speaker, as William Wordsworth uses the word “oft”—often. The speaker is looking forward to his time of being alone, because the daffodils will be there to dance for him, to keep him company; as the poet writes, “which is the bliss of solitude; and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.”
William Wordsworth uses different groups of words in this poem to connect nature with human beings: the pattern…
Nature was a theme factoring in many of his works and Blake associates nature with different elements in these poems and we find that nature is seen in communion with God in the introductory poem and throughout these poems Blake points out the relationship and harmony between Man and Nature, children and Nature and he also talks about sex in Nature in `The Blossom'.
In "Nurse's Song", from Songs of Innocence, we find children playing outside, enjoying nature. In this verse, time is marked by signs…
temporally to the Romantic period (1780-1830). Romantic writing is commonly identified with some key elements, which concern imagination, nature, symbolism and myth (although there have been writers of this period who were not as ‘mainstream’). William Wordsworth has been characterised as a canonical author of Romantic Poetry in that his work is highly attached to the notion of Nature and plenty of reference is made to it. Approaching a piece of literary work, however, from this perspective is very restraining…
In the first stanza, he is listening to the sounds of Nature while he is relaxing. He describes everything around him in the rest of the poem.
Wordsworth gives life to everything in this poem. He sees periwinkle, trailing its wreaths through the primrose tufts, flowers around him that are alive, and enjoying every breath that they take. He also sees little birds hopping and playing. He cannot understand what they are thinking. He does not understand why the birds like to hop and play, and…
way to express his thoughts and feelings to himself and thus the world. He sees the cycle of life in nature all around him and knows that he shall suffer the same fate eventually and so his time is precious to him an he makes the most of it.
Wordsworth on the other hand lived a long and prosperous life but as a result he suffered the heartache and loss of loosing many important people in his life. His longer life resulted in a greater ability to look back at himself and reflect on how things…
They are brave because
they are riding into a line of infantry and the infantry are covered
very well by artillery. It is very jingoistic as it calls the "light
brigade" noble and it says that we should "honour the light brigade"
because of the "wild charge they made".
In Drummer Hodge, the only reference to a mood of the character is
unknowing as he never expected to die so quickly or be buried in the
middle of nowhere with no real grave.
In To The Men of Kent…
of London and his background. William Wordsworth did not grow up in London, so he did not know the hardships of growing up there. Wordsworth grew up in the Lake District and moved to London when he was an adult, he was also a lot richer than Blake so he moved to the higher class part of London. He did not see London though the same eyes as Blake.
William Wordsworth talks about London in a very different way than Blake, as this is how he sees it. Wordsworth almost describes London as if it were a…
(The personification of "Sleeping flowers" could be seeds that haven't yet become what they could be, much like people who are not yet alive to the beauty of nature and the beauty in them.) In line eight he ties all these thoughts together by stating that for all these reasons and "for everything, we are out of tune;" This line might be a clever way to portray the line itself being out of tune in the way we are out of tune with nature. The lines it is supposed to rhyme with all end in oon, as in…
Within his poetry, Wordsworth
contemplates the relationship between nature and human life. He
considers his pantheistic beliefs, while realising that nature has
many different facets and possesses the power to have spiritual and
emotional impacts on the human form.
Wordsworth achieves this in his poetry by presenting nature in many
different ways. This is shown clearly in the poem, "Daffodils" where
we can see Wordsworth exploring nature as a source of wonderment; he…