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How is imagery used to support the theme in "We are Seven" by William Wordsworth?

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The key theme of this poem by William Wordsworth is the innocence exemplified in children.  The Romantics valued innocence and noticed that it was often the innocent view that was actually the most wise.  Wisdom isn't necessarily learned, and perhaps can't be learned.

In the case of this poem, the speaker encounters a young eight year old girl.  The imagery that describes the girl, that "she had a rustic, woodland air, and she was wildly clad" suggests her innocence and connection with nature (another common theme in Romantic poetry.)  She is young, and therefore not concerned with appearances yet.  There is a natural goodness that comes with youth.

The speaker proceeds to ask her how many siblings she has, and she innocently responds "We are seven."  When he asks for clarification she explains that two of her siblings are away working at sea, two of the siblings live in Conway, and two of the siblings are dead and buried in the church graveyard.  In her innocence she INCLUDES these...

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