illustrated portrait of English poet WIlliam Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Start Free Trial

William Wordsworth Questions and Answers

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth is one of the Romantic poets, and as such, his work exhibits many of the characteristics of Romantic poetry, including a disdain for the ugliness of modernity, a spiritual...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2021, 2:48 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

William Wordsworth

Pantheism is a belief system/concept that reflects the awareness of and belief in the life force in all objects in nature, including trees, rocks, water, etc. It is somewhat related to the concept...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2013, 5:15 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Both William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge were pioneering poets of English Romanticism. Both men were part of a sort of first wave of the movement (while younger poets, like Keats,...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019, 3:07 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

William Wordsworth

Perhaps the easiest way to define the phrase is to dissect the phrase, define the words individually, and then place them back together within the context of the poem. First, ethereal refers to...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2011, 12:03 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

In his poem “To the Skylark,” William Wordsworth identifies the skylark as a bird of both “Heaven and Home.” The skylark is an “Ethereal minstrel,” a singer who soars to the heights, making a...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2021, 12:48 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Oscar Wilde remarked that Wordsworth wrote about the landscape of the English Lake District but was never really a lake poet: "He found in stones the sermons he had already hidden there." Although...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020, 3:28 am (UTC)

4 educator answers

William Wordsworth

The poem Lucy Gray tells the story of an innocent child named Lucy Gray who lives far from society in a cottage on the moors. One winter day, Lucy's father sends her off to town with a lantern to...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2017, 10:00 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth's poem "To the Skylark" is an ode to a bird known for its beautiful morning songs. In this poem, Wordsworth celebrates the lark as the only bird capable of soaring on high, but...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009, 10:44 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

In both poems, the narrator seems to have a remarkably emotional experience by observing someone or something in nature. In "Daffodils," the speaker is made to feel happy and "gay" as a result of...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2018, 6:33 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

"The Ruined Cottage" is a poem that takes a deep look at despair and the destruction as a result of progress. Wordsworth writes a bleak, pitying poem that is set next to a crumbling, desolate...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019, 6:43 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

William Wordsworth

Writing in "Preface to Lyrical Ballads," William Wordsworth expounded at length on the question of "what is a poet?" Although the poet is "a man speaking to men," (with man taken in the generic...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019, 7:55 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

To understand what Wordsworth is saying in this very famous utterance, we need to look at the full quote. He writes the following in his "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads: I have said that poetry is...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020, 1:38 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Romantic poetry, as Wordsworth explains in his preface to the Lyrical Ballads, emphasizes the life of the common person, exalts the beauty and power of nature, delights in folklore and supernatural...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2020, 12:19 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

One theme that emerges in "To a Snowdrop" is the faithfulness of nature. The speaker stands looking at a world covered in snow when he spots a "lone flower" emerging from the world of ice. The...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019, 3:27 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

In Macbeth, Shakespeare throws out a great line about how one's "function should not be smothered by surmise." The implication is that action and feelings are two different entities. Romanticism...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2009, 10:54 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

The skylark has a beautiful song, but as with all birdsong, it has a very important purpose. In this particular case, it's to let the babies in the nest know that their mother is near. In music a...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2021, 5:59 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

The phrase "bliss of solitude" appears in the final stanza of "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud." Wordsworth writes that "They flash upon that inward eye/Which is the bliss of solitude." The "they" the...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2017, 12:49 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

Wordsworth's poem is about the nature of freedom and how our desire to roam is tempered by the need for a home. One way to understand the skylark (the "pilgrim of the sky") is as a symbol of this...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2021, 12:11 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

The focal point of Wordworth's "A Character" is the face of an idealized man. Because we know Wordsworth was a nature poet who liked to write about the common people, we can imagine this to be the...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016, 7:05 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Poetic devices used in "A Character" by English poet William Wordsworth include: 1. Rhyme Scheme This poem consists of five stanzas and each stanza has four lines of verse. In each stanza, lines 1...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2015, 8:46 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

To answer this question accurately, it would be important to know what major points you made throughout the body of the essay regarding Wordsworth’s love for nature. All strong conclusions of...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019, 8:44 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

In the poem "Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room" by William Wordsworth, the poet uses the analogy of a prison to illustrate the livelihoods or occupations into which people choose to...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2022, 8:57 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

"Lucy Gray" is both a ballad, telling the story of the death of a young girl named Lucy Gray in verse form, and a meditation on death itself. The narrative or ballad is based on a story Wordsworth...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016, 1:28 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

"Anecdote for Fathers" has an interesting subtitle ("showing how the art of lying may be taught") that references how this poem explores the ways in which adults can actually make their children...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2012, 12:35 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

This poem is an exploration of the natural beauty Wordsworth sees at a port as he is looking out at calm waters. The exposition of this poem reveals a pristine and powerful picture rendered. A...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2009, 9:30 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Lucy is a child whose father sends her with a lantern to fetch her mother from town because it is supposed to be a stormy, snowy night. The father is afraid the mother might get lost without the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2018, 7:19 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

As poet with a vision that changed the course of poetry, Wordsworth stated in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads that he hoped to focus attention on nature and elevate the common person. This was a...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016, 4:11 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

The poems opens with apostrophe, which is when a speaker addresses someone who is not there or an inanimate or abstract object. Here, the speaker communicates to an unknown someone or something...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018, 10:53 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

The sound device that Wordsworth uses in this poem is alliteration. Alliteration is a series of repeated consonants which correspond to the stressed syllables in a line of a poem. The phrase...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2013, 7:38 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

The previous posts were quite lucid in their explanation. I would suggest that there is a thematic reason as to why Wordsworth is a poet of nature, as well. Part of the driving force behind the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2010, 10:26 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth said this, in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads. Essentially, he is speaking against the notion that poetry is completely arbitrary or that "good" poetry can be created without an...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2013, 1:03 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

"The child is the father of the man" is one of Wordsworth's most famous quotes and beliefs. The idea of childhood is an essential component to Worsworthian poetry and thought. On one hand,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009, 9:35 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

William Wordsworth

Wordsworth believed in the beauty of the everyday and the beauty of common experiences. He felt that poetry ought to appeal not only to the scholar or intellectual, but also to the common person....

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018, 11:25 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Childhood is another very important theme in Wordsworth's poetry. It's no exaggeration to say he created the groundwork for a cult of childhood during the Romantic era, when children no longer came...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019, 1:32 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

Wordsworth is the poet of nature because, for him, nature isn't just a thing of beauty. Rather, in his works, nature achieves sublimity. He takes it to spiritual and divine heights, acknowledging...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019, 2:59 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

I think that Wordsworth saw to it that his writing focused on the poetry of the everyday experience. Wordsworth made the argument that poetry had to reach into the daily life and experience of...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2013, 12:32 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

I think the best way to address this question is by posting a top 5 list of his likes and generating questions as to why each is on the list. This might make things clear as to his likes and...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2009, 9:05 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

An approach that can be taken in answering the question is to bring out the sense of longing that is evident in so many of Wordsworth's poems. In its most fundamental form, Wordsworth's poems ache...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2013, 11:11 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Little Lucy Gray became lost in a snowstorm as she set out while carrying a lantern in order to meet her mother and direct her way home from the town. Wordsworth's poem about the little girl who...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2016, 5:35 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

In Wordsworth's poem "A Night Thought," the speaker communicates his displeasure at how so many people seem to be sullen and "smileless." He believes people should be happy and grateful for all the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2016, 6:54 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth's "Lucy Gray" contains the following meter: alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter. An iamb (or iambic when placed with the number of feet) is a singular...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2013, 5:32 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

This is a relatively short poem by William Wordsworth, comprising stanzas of six lines each. It utilizes a regular ABABCC rhyme scheme, and is an address, as the title implies, to a skylark the...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018, 11:37 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

‘A Night Thought’ is a small yet thought-provoking lyrical poem by William Wordsworth. Divided into three stanzas with six lines each, the poem compares and contrasts the “happy” moon with the...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2015, 9:28 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

To help you get started on this assignment, let's look at some of the characteristics and features of Wordsworth's poem “A Complaint.” First, we'll talk about the subject matter. The speaker has...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021, 1:32 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

Indeed, Wordsworth believes that nature has the "...power to soothe a troubled mind, and to provide answers to the mysteries that cause people to fear death." He is counted among those who wrote...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2015, 7:45 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

In both poems, Wordsworth's Romanticist tendencies are intensely displayed. For "Tintern Abbey," the mere title about the poem being composed adjacent to the Wye River reflects the love of nature....

Latest answer posted January 11, 2010, 7:06 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

William Wordsworth

“The Thorn,” by William Wordsworth, depicts the idea that beneath or amidst the beauty of nature, there are gloomy, dreadful, and mysterious/questionable elements mostly because of the enigmatic...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2022, 8:33 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

The answer to this question is somewhat complex, as Wordsworth himself had a fair bit to say about it in his "Preface to Lyrical Ballads." Wordsworth discusses his choice of language by first...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016, 1:51 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

It is important to note the way that the skylark was an important Romantic symbol to poets such as Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats, as they believed that the eerie transcendent beauty of its song...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2011, 9:15 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

William Wordsworth

This is a tough question because it is often difficult to untangle Wordsworth's thought from Coleridge's; the two developed their ideas through conversation with each other. In fact, Coleridge...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017, 12:57 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Showing 1-50 of 164