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To a Butterfly

In the first stanza, the poet sees a butterfly sitting motionless on yellow flower. He talks to it as if it is a human being, personifying it, and calling it "little Butterfly." First, he wonders...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2018 11:03 am UTC

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William Wordsworth was one of the first-generation Romantic poets, and had a long-standing literary collaboration with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. One of the underlying themes in the work of the...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012 11:48 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

The days of childhood seem to be so much longer than those of the speaker's present because for him, as for so many, childhood is a much more peaceful time and one that belongs solely to the child,...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015 6:05 pm UTC

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To a Butterfly

Watching the little butterfly poised delicately on a yellow flower for half an hour stirs happy childhood memories for the speaker. He remembers those "sweet childish days" when he and his sister...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019 7:45 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

In "To a Butterfly" by William Wordsworth, the speaker addresses a butterfly that he has been observing on a flower in his orchard, where his sister has planted flowers. The butterfly has been...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 3:28 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

In "To A Butterfly" by William Wordsworth, the speaker asks the butterfly to rest in his orchard when it gets tired. The speaker writes: This plot of orchard-ground is ours;My trees they are, my...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 2:11 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

The speaker in this poem is so entranced by the butterfly that he has been watching it "a full half-hour" when the poem opens. He seems, at first, to be particularly intrigued by the mysteries of...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2018 8:24 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

Wordsworth's speaker in "To a Butterfly" is unsure whether the butterfly he has been gazing at for half an hour is asleep or feeding. His confusion arises because the butterfly is so very still....

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 11:42 pm UTC

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In William Wordsworth’s poem “To a Butterfly,” the butterfly seems to exist as both a literal creature the speaker is observing and as a metaphor for an idyllic childhood. In examining his chosen...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018 1:31 pm UTC

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To a Butterfly

At the end of the first stanza, the speaker of the poem says that this butterfly will be "call[ed]...forth again" when the breeze has "found [it] out among the trees." In other words, when the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 8:34 pm UTC

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To a Butterfly

The poet William Wordsworth wrote two versions of "To a Butterfly" in 1802. In these poems, he evokes bright childhood memories of pleasant times when he and his sister Dorothy would play together...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2020 3:49 pm UTC

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To a Butterfly

The joyful tone of "To a Butterfly" is further developed with this line: We'll talk of sunshine and of song The speaker here is addressing his comments to a motionless butterfly which he has been...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 2:45 pm UTC

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To a Butterfly

In this poem, the speaker is relaxing in his sister's garden. For half a hour, he has been watching a butterfly sitting "poised" on a yellow flower. The butterfly hasn't moved, a fact the speaker...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2021 11:40 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

The speaker in Wordsworth's "To a Butterfly" is not explicitly thanking anything or anyone, but he is addressing the butterfly with much urgency and joy, asking him to stay nearby a little longer:...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019 7:38 am UTC

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The narrator has been watching the butterfly for 30 minutes. The butterfly hasn’t moved and the narrator wonders if it is sleeping or feeding. The narrator muses on how happy the butterfly will be...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012 8:42 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

William Wordsworth was one of the Romantic poets. Accordingly, many of his poems were written as celebrations of the beauty and of the healing power of the natural world. Romantic poets also wrote...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 9:09 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

The joy that awaits the butterfly when the breeze lifts it into flight is the chance to visit the speaker's orchard grounds. The speaker welcomes the butterfly into this space, telling it that the...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2021 2:47 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

In his poem "To a Butterfly," William Wordsworth uses numerous visual images but his speaker does not actually describe the butterfly that they are addressing. Imagery is a literary device in which...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2021 6:59 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

In the opening stanza of the poem, the speaker describes a butterfly resting on a "yellow flower" in an orchard. The butterfly seems very much at ease within the orchard, and indeed, the speaker...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2021 7:20 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

The word sanctuary has several related meanings and connotations. A sanctuary is a place of rest and of safety, as well as being a holy place. The word lodge also suggests a place for a traveler to...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2021 8:33 am UTC

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To a Butterfly

There are two poems written by William Wordsworth titled "To a Butterfly". In one of these poems, Wordsworth includes mention of a yellow flower. The other poem does not mention the yellow flower....

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019 2:22 am UTC

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For the arch-Romantic Wordsworth, nature wasn't just a repository of pretty objects such as trees, mountains, birds, and flowers; it was a living force in its own right, of which humans were an...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2021 9:46 am UTC

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