Identify at least three elements in William Wordsworth's poem "She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways" that you find interesting or engaging (e.g., form, language, content, and/or other literary...

Identify at least three elements in William Wordsworth's poem "She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways" that you find interesting or engaging (e.g., form, language, content, and/or other literary elements).

 

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This poem is one of a collection of Wordsworth's poems sometimes referred to as the "Lucy poems"; it is generally believed that Lucy was probably Wordsworth's sister.  In the initial stanza, the reader is introduced to Lucy as having lived a quiet, non-descript, unremarkable and most likely lonely life with "none to praise her" and "very few to love". In the second stanza, however, the poet praises Lucy, comparing her through metaphor to a violet and a star, albeit these lovely images were known to few people as the violet was "half-hidden" and the star one that would only be noticed if it were the only one in the sky.  The poem ends with the speaker's emotional acknowledgement that Lucy has died, and although it is unlikely anyone else will notice, it has been a tremendous loss to him: 

But she is in her grave, and, oh,

The difference to me!

 

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