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We Are Seven

The main theme in "We Are Seven" is the subject of life and death. The speaker of the poem meets a rural child and asks her how many siblings she has. She claims, "Seven in all," implying that she...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 5:10 am UTC

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In this poem by William Wordsworth, the speaker meets "a little cottage Girl" and strikes up a conversation with her. He asks her the simple question one might routinely ask a child, "Sisters and...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 1:45 pm UTC

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The poet (or speaker) expresses his emotions and attitudes both directly through narration and indirectly through dialogue and action. The rhetorical question in the first stanza suggests that the...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 1:27 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2011 3:40 am UTC

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The narrator describes this little girl as eight years old, with thick, curly hair. She has "fair" eyes, which means light-colored eyes, probably blue or light green. The narrator then says they...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016 11:58 am UTC

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Romanticism is a style of literature and visual art that was pioneered and became popular during the late eighteenth century and early- to mid-nineteenth century. However, the term "Romantic" can...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019 11:36 am UTC

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This poem has the rhythm of what we call ballad meter; this means that it is broken up into four-line stanzas, the first and third lines of which have four stresses or accents per line and the...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 10:47 am UTC

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In William Wordsworth's poem, "We are Seven," the line that is repeated in one form or another is "we are seven." It is repeated twice as "we are seven," and once as "seven are we." Repetition in...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 2:23 am UTC

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Several of Wordsworth's poems in the Lyrical Ballads are concerned with the wisdom of children and the failure of adults to understand them. In "We Are Seven," the simplicity of the vocabulary,...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 1:02 pm UTC

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The main idea of Wordsworth's poem "We are Seven" is that the dead still "count", even though they are no longer with us. In the poem, a man approaches an eight-year-old girl and asks her how many...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2016 7:36 pm UTC

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In "We are Seven," Wordsworth uses the perceptions of an innocent young girl to convey an idea that the death of the physical body is not the end of a person's existence. The speaker runs into an...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2019 4:38 am UTC

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One of Wordsworth's goals in writing poetry was to compose it in simple, ordinary language that could be easily understood. In "We are Seven," he uses very simple words to convey the story of a...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 9:21 pm UTC

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In the poem "We are Seven," Wordsworth clearly admires the little girl's faith in the things unseen. The little girl still feels a very physical and spiritual bond with a brother and a sister of...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 7:18 am UTC

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The narrator in "We Are Seven" gets into a good-natured argument with the little maid he meets. The narrator asks the eight-year-old how many brothers and sisters she has, and she tells him, "We...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 3:08 am UTC

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Wordsworth had a distinct style in which he tried to inspire feeling in the reader by using visual markers to control how the reader read the poem. The poem “There was a Boy” in Lyrical Ballads...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 4:26 am UTC

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The poem "We are Seven" is about an eight year old girl who is playing among the tombstones in a graveyard, and the poet observes how happily she plays and with how much energy she is invested in...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2011 12:24 am UTC

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William Wordsworth’s poem “We Are Seven” is built around a contrast between the speaker’s view of death and the views held by a little girl. Among the differences in their perspectives are the...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2012 7:49 am UTC

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This poem is a perfect example of what Wordsworth and Coleridge set out to do in their groundbreaking work of poetry, Lyrical Ballads. As the "Preface" to this work explains, what they aimed to...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2013 7:47 am UTC

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In "We Are Seven," as in many of his poems, Wordsworth presents children as possessing a kind of primal wisdom which they gradually lose on growing up. In his arrogance, the speaker naturally...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 11:18 am UTC

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In the first stanza of "We Are Seven," a stanza composed by Samuel Coleridge and added to William Wordsworth's poem, Wordsworth and Coleridge seek to draw a contrast between the little girl's...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 5:05 am UTC

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The imagery used in William Wordsworth's "We are Seven," and Shakespeare's Sonnet 12 both deal with age and death. In Wordsworth's poem, the poet refers often to the images of youth regarding the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 12:10 am UTC

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Despite both poems being considered lyrical ballads, when read side-by-side, they appear to be very different from one another. Interestingly, they share a common theme: hope. How they portray...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2019 7:34 pm UTC

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It is unusual to begin a poem with a dash, and it is easy to jump over the dash and straight to the words. Therefore, it's helpful to have our attention drawn to this dash so that we can think...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 7:13 pm UTC

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In the poem "We Are Seven" by William Wordsworth, the poet recounts a conversation he had with a little girl with curly hair. Wordsworth conversationally asks the girl how many siblings she has,...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 8:35 pm UTC

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The poem "We are Seven" by William Wordworth was published in 1798, which makes it a transitional poem from the late 18th century to the early 19th century. As it is common knowledge, high birth...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2011 11:51 pm UTC

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Not surprisingly, this is a complex question. It deals with death and Romanticism, two concepts that might be interlinked to an extent, but both of which are extremely difficult to articulate. In...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2011 2:33 am UTC

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