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What is the main idea of Wordsworth poem "The Prelude"?

The subtitle of "The Prelude" is "Growth of a Poet's Mind." In this autobiographical poem, Wordsworth details how his outlook has changed over the course of decades, from his carefree boyhood and...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018 7:51 am UTC

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How is Wordsworth's "The Prelude" an epic poem?

The Prelude was intended to be a preface to another epic poem called The Recluse. However, Wordsworth became more involved with The Prelude and therefore never finished his proposed epic The...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016 3:55 pm UTC

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Discuss Wordsworth's attitude towards nature in "The Prelude."

Nature is a source of beauty, peace, and inspiration to William Wordsworth in "The Prelude." Nature is, first and foremost, beautiful. Wordsworth uses a great deal of nature imagery when describing...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 7:04 pm UTC

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What are some examples of the ways in which The Prelude by William Wordsworth is a "Romantic" poem?

Firstly, The Prelude is strongly concerned with the link between humanity and the natural world. Wordsworth describes his childhood experiences with nature and his almost religious union with the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 2:10 pm UTC

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What are the main themes in Wordsworth's The Prelude (books 9–14)?

The Prelude is a long autobiographical poem that Wordsworth worked on for much of his adult life in which he describes his early years and his development as a poet sage. It is considered by many...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2019 7:16 pm UTC

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What is the setting of The Prelude by William Wordsworth?

As mentioned in the answer above, The Prelude is a long autobiographical poem by William Wordsworth. It is called The Prelude because it was intended as a prelude to a longer poem. Although the...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2015 2:49 pm UTC

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Discuss Wordsworth's The Prelude Book I as an autobiographical poem.

Wordsworth himself viewed this work, which was unpublished on his death, as an autobiographical poem in which he sought to describe his growth and development of his understanding of man's...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 6:59 am UTC

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How is the the growth of a poet's mind a part of "The Prelude"? 

The growth of the poet's mind is not just a part of The Prelude but the driving force behind this long poem, the reason for its being. Wordsworth wanted to explain to the world how he became a poet...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2017 12:27 pm UTC

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The concept of "growing up" is central to Wordsworth's "The Prelude"  What is this "growing up" about?

In "The Prelude," Wordsworth's concept of "growing up" is about maturation. Wordsworth worked at the poem for most of his life. The poem centers on the idea if his maturation as a human being has...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 9:39 am UTC

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What is parallelism in a poem?

Parallelism is a literary technique where parts of a sentence are grammatically or structurally the same. It could also include similarities in sound and rhythm. Using parallelism is using...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2016 2:29 am UTC

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Is The Prelude by William Wordsworth an autobiographical poem ?

Wordsworth, ever passionate about nature and a person's own expression and vision of life intended for The Prelude to be the introduction to a largely reflective poem, philosophical in nature and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2012 11:45 am UTC

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Is The Prelude a psychological poem?

This famous and lengthy poem by Wordsworth is very definitely a psychological poem in that it focuses on the thoughts and feelings of the speaker and how they develop as he ages. It is very much a...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 7:19 am UTC

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Discuss the similarity and difference between Wordsworth & Coleridge as Romantic poets. Please take excerpts from...

The youthful Wordsworth and Coleridge were alike in being radical critics of the social order. Both wanted to write a new form of poetry which was not based on classical literature, rationality,...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017 2:07 pm UTC

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In The Prelude, trace the gradual development of Wordsworth's attitude to nature.

This poem charts the gradual development of Wordsworth's relationship with nature as he grows up, starting with his very first childhood recollections of nature and realisations of its power and...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 7:04 am UTC

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In the Romantic period there was the tendency for the poet to draw on his own personality. Discuss The Prelude in the...

In one sense, this statement is certainly true, as the poem is given the subtitle of "An Autobiographical Poem." As such, nature, which is of course the main topic of the poem as it is in all of...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 7:09 am UTC

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Please give an explanation of Book I of The Prelude.

The first section of this lengthy poem, argued by some critics to be the best presentation of Wordsworth's beliefs about nature, concerns a description of the speaker's childhood and his early...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2013 7:34 am UTC

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How would I write an essay tracing the speaker's changing responses to his experience and explaining how they are...

The Prelude by William Wordsworth is an autobiographical poem that attempts to trace Wordsworth's own evolution as a poet. It emphasizes particularly memorable moments in his development....

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016 12:07 pm UTC

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Which similarities and differences can be found in William Wordsworth's Prelude Book VII and Charles Dickens's essay...

Both Wordsworth, in book VII of his long autobiographical poem The Prelude, and Dickens, in his essay about walking the streets at night, are focused on London in all its vast diversity. They both...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 4:39 pm UTC

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Comment on Wordsworth's development and evolution as a poet. How do his earlier poems compare to the later ones,...

Wordsworth was the longest-lived of the major Romantic poets. The brief, tragic lives of Keats, Shelley and Byron are often remarked upon, and their early deaths add to their mystique. Wordsworth,...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2020 11:40 pm UTC

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Discuss the depiction of the Romantic autobiographer evoked in The Prelude (1799) by William Wordsworth.

The depiction of the Romantic autobiographer that Wordsworth renders is one that almost stands outside of himself. Wordsworth is able to reveal himself as an autobiographer who is so certain in...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 7:07 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast the Romantic autobiographers William Wordsworth (The Prelude, 1799) and Thomas De Quincey...

The most obvious difference between William Wordsworth’s “The Prelude” and and Thomas De Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater is that the former is in verse and the latter in prose....

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 6:58 am UTC

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What is book 7 of "The Prelude" by William Wordsworth about?

The Prelude is a book-length autobiographical poem in which Wordsworth explores his development as a poet-sage. In book seven, Wordsworth focuses on the time he spent in London as a young man....

Latest answer posted November 16, 2019 2:01 pm UTC

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What is Wordsworth's argument regarding what it means to know one's self and the world at large in The Prelude, books...

In The Prelude, William Wordsworth's argument concerning his sense of knowledge of both self and the world is intimately tied to his conceptions of nature and childhood. He sees many of the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012 3:38 pm UTC

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