Which of these poems most demonstrate the simple, commonplace and the dramatic, and in what ways do the selected poems show these attributes?
The question we have to asnwer in my 3000 word essay is: "Discuss the inclusion of the simple, the commonplace, and the dramatic in the works of Wordsworth."
I've never studied Wordsworth before and wonder which of these poems demonstrate the traits the best.
-We Are Seven
-Lined Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
-Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known
-She Dewlt Among the Untrodden Ways
-Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower
-A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
-I Travelled Among Unknown Men
-I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
-Ode: Intimations of Immortatity from Recollections of Early Childhood.
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I think that the best way to address this question is to use Wordsworth's analysis on poetry as in his work, Lyrical Ballads. When Wordsworth argues that poetry has to be centered and fixated upon the "incidents and situations from common life." I think that this helps establish that Wordsworth believed that within these daily occurrences, something powerful emerges. This is why so many of Wordsworth's subjects are elements found in nature or in the natural setting. Wordsworth sought to democratize his poetry by ensuring that the subjects of his work could be approachable by anyone. In this light, Wordsworth was able to bring out the universal from the subjective, the external from the internal. In his poetry the subjects are in accordance to this idea. A woman singing in a field, the field of flowers swaying to the breeze, as well as a bridge are all settings for profound truths of consciousness that can be appreciated by anyone for they can be discovered by anyone.
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