Attempt a critical appreciation of the poem "We Are Seven" by William Wordsworth.

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Several of Wordsworth's poems in the Lyrical Ballads are concerned with the wisdom of children and the failure of adults to understand them. In "We Are Seven," the simplicity of the vocabulary, rhymes, and meter all reinforce the perspective of the child who is described as "simple" in the first line.

The poet begins by asking what a child could know about death. He then makes this general query specific my relating his encounter with a little girl. His question, how many siblings she has, seems...

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