Write a critical note on "Report to Wordsworth" by Boey Kim Cheng.

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The tone of the poetic speaker in "Report to Wordsworth" is both objective, as befitting a report, and despondent: "She has been laid waste. Smothered by smog." The atmosphere (or mood) of the poem is subdued hopelessness:

All hopes of Proteus rising from the sea
have sunk; he is entombed in the waste ...

Literary devices include the techniques of personification, synaesthesia imagery, and simile, with which Cheng evokes original mental conceptions. Examples of these are: personification: "Nature has need of you”; synaesthesia imagery: "the flowers are mute" (combines sensory experiences: vision and sound); simile: "sky ... like a dying clock."

The narrative presents an appeal to Romantic poet Wordsworth to come and rescue "Nature ... . She has been laid waste." Wordsworth's task will be difficult in the extreme because it is humankind that has laid Nature waste: "insatiate man moves in for the kill." The theme of the narrative is a plea for Nature as "Poetry and piety have begun to fail" since they are no longer sustained by the pure inspiration of Nature, which represents a major tenet of Romanticism espoused by Wordsworth.

osiosi | Student

report to wordsworth is about a man asking Wordsworth to come back and see the nature,and how it has been ruined and all the sea that is now polluted by all the pollutions made by the people now adays, he also mentions how Neptune lies helpless in the sea,not able to do anything nore get out of the dirt,and describes man as a greedy person who doesnt care about anything and just continues on his greed and his polluting! and also mentions that Protues is trapped in the sea,unable to get out of it because of all the dirts dumped into the sea by the 'greedy' man.