Explain the quotation: "Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The soul that rises with us, our life`s star, ..."
Who says? To whom? When? Where? Why? What does it refer to? What is its significance? Give all the related information; answer should be at least 300 words.
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Wordsworth is suggesting here that our earthly existence is just one phase of our immortality, and that our souls come from another stage of existence into this so-called three-dimensional, “reality” existence, and there is a veil of forgetfulness drawn between the two phases. As a baby, we gradually forget our previous existence, as Earth fills our lap with “toys” (three-dimensional life, our senses). Wordsworth thinly remembers when the earth was “Appareled in celestial light” and regrets having lost “the visionary gleam,”something he occasionally glimpses in such natural phenomena as a rainbow or a rose (these are some of the “toys” that Earth gives us). He has learned to love these beautiful natural occurrences because they have something of the glory his soul once knew. This poem is a profound statement of the principles of Romanticism, and is read aloud once a year by scholars of this poetic period. The poem is an ode, meaning that the narrative voice is speaking to the universe, wording his feelings to no-one in particular. We will "awaken" at death, and reconnect with our universal soul.
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