"Wordworth's poetry's stood the test of time."In response to this statement outline the aspects of Wordworth's poetry that appeal to modern readers.Give reasons for your choice,supporting them by...

"Wordworth's poetry's stood the test of time."In response to this statement outline the aspects of Wordworth's poetry that appeal to modern readers.

Give reasons for your choice,supporting them by reference to and quotation from the following poems: The Stolen Boat,Skating,"She Dwelt among the untrodden ways,"Composed upon Westminster Bridge, It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, The Solitary Reaper

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Many of the themes of Wordsworth's beautiful Nature poetry are timeless - they will appeal to modern readers just as much as they did to his peers during his time. For example 'Composed Upon Wesminster Bridge' may appeal to the hurried, time-worn dusty commuters of today who travel in fume-leaking, high speed vehicles so fast that they have no time to notice let alone appreciate their route - especially London tube-travellers. They may appreciate his depiction of a scene before our commuter-driven lives - and at dawn before the rush hour. Similarly, 'The Solitary Reaper tells of the haunting quality of memory, and the evocative powers of music in the mystery of the pathos and sadness of others. One only has to look at war-torn communities and earthquake victims abroad to see that the sorrowful have not gone away, but will be always with us.

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

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There is a sense of individuality and uniqueness which is apparent in so much of Wordsworthian thought that can be applied to modern readers.  In a social setting where so much is inundated with technology, communication, networking, and an overall sense of intensity, the themes of internal reflection and subjective analysis can be quite relevant to the modern reader.  For example, the idea of subjective experience in "The Solitary Reaper" is quite pertinent.  The speaker, presumably Wordsworth, is alone with his own thoughts in a rural field where he is caught off guard with a song of a maiden.  The expansion of moral imagination that is triggered by the girl's song is what could be quite meaningful to modern readers.  The notion of broadly imagining, reflecting on one's own experience, as well as the idea of subjective experience away from all else could be something that might speak to a modern reader who does not have the ready ability to engage in such an experience.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This is an opinion question, and your teacher wants to know what you think.  You will need to go back through those poems and jot down anything that comes to mind as to what you like about them or what speaks to you.  Afterward, think about why those things, images, word choice, etc. work for you.

For instance, I love Wordsworth because he creates such beautiful images with such plain language.  This is true for most of his poetry, but especially "Westminster Bridge" and "Daffodils" for me.  Everything comes to life...the wind blowing softly through the flowers, the human qualities of the sleeping city before everyone is up and cluttering the scene.  There is also a sense of peace in most of his poetry. 

So, for me, his imagery (the ability to paint an amazing picture with words) casts a spell...I can actually see what it is he is describing, and I can put myself in the picture.

His plain words are attractive as well.  He doesn't speak over my head, I don't have to work too hard, but it still makes me think.  This is great poetry for the everyday person...beach material.

Lastly, I love his poetry because I don't feel all stressed out and worried after reading it.  There is a sense of peace and calm that draws me in and makes me drink deeply.  Maybe it's because much of his topics regard the beauty of nature, but there is a relief and beauty in his words.

Now, you will need to go decide what works for you.  Be sure to read the poems more than once in a place where you are not distracted so that you can really see what he is saying.  Whatever you read that gives you the "hey, that's kinda neat" feeling, make note of it.  Then, analyze the results to come up with what makes you tick when you're reading Wordsworth.  What works for you, will probably work for others as well.  Happy reading!

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