What is theme of William Wordsworth's "She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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One of the most dominant themes of the Wordsworth's poem is the appreciation of that which is unrecognized by society.  There is a Romantic tendency to embrace that which is not acknowledged by the conformist driven social order in the poem.  Wordsworth's poem makes this very clear through the apotheotic language adopted in describing the subject.  The "loveliness of body and spirit" as well as the "solitary violet, unseen and hidden" help to bring this out.  There is a beauty that is present "among the untrodden ways."  For Romantic thinkers like Wordsworthy, consciousness is filled with examples of this.  It is up to the individual to break free from what others say and discover this beauty in which "the life of things" exists.  This is how the speaker, presumably Wordsworth, sees the subject.  In the closing lines, the declaration of "The difference to me" brings to light the idea that individuals are able to find this beauty and this distinction if they place primacy upon its discovery.

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