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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

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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

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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

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Overall, someone who has been suffering from insomnia describes his difficulties in Wordsworth’s poem, “To Sleep.” The title and the first two lines of the poem hint at the theme of sleeplessness...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2016 8:37 pm UTC

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To begin, poetic diction must be defined. Poetic diction refers to the style of writing used in poetry (the linguistic style, vocabulary, and use of figurative language--normally metaphors). Up...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2012 6:30 pm UTC

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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"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

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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

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"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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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"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

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Wordsworth wrote of his visit to Tintern Abbey, No poem of mine was composed under circumstances more pleasant for one to remember than this. Certainly, the Romantic poet William Wordsworth...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2013 9:39 am UTC

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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

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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

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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

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One thing in particular about Romantic period poet William Wordsworth is that he peopled his poems with characters who were commonplace in village settings but whom he presented in a fashion so as...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2011 7:26 am UTC

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Wordsworth believed people could experience God through nature, for nature is God's creation and the outward expression of the divine soul. Wordsworth felt frustration at St. John's College,...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 2:30 am UTC

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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

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Wordsworth's poem "She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways" is one of his lesser known poems about the love of his life, Lucy. In terms of analysis, the title is fairly powerful. The speaker, which we can...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2009 9:42 pm UTC

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Wordsworth had developed his relationship with nature through his poetry. In stark contrast to Neoclassicist thought, Wordsworth believed that a spiritual quality existed in the depiction of the...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 7:10 pm UTC

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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

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Indeed, Wordsworth does embody the driving force of Romanticism. I think that we can find the traditional elements of the movement in his work. Look for a strong emphasis on the natural world....

Latest answer posted April 2, 2010 10:42 pm UTC

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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

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From the outset, I think that one could argue that the construction of both poems is the result of memory. Wordsworth's own experiences play a formative role in each poem. The girl in "We Are...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2011 7:18 pm UTC

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Though one can identify many factors that characterize the poetry of Wordsworth and the other Romantics, I would choose to focus on two specific things in answering your question: 1) the...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2018 4:38 am UTC

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He almost couldn't help but write about Nature - it was in his very being right from the start.Nature was almost part of William Wordsworth's very being, even as a baby. His early childhood home...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2009 10:32 pm UTC

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I would begin this answer with my own observation that Wordsworth, of the Romantic poets as a whole, is perhaps the least melancholy, in that there is nearly always a striving within his work to...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2019 5:39 pm UTC

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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

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In many respects, "The Ruined Cottage" is a prime illustration of the Romantic ideals set out in the Preface to Lyrical Ballads. For one thing, it deals with the lives of the common people....

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 12:03 pm UTC

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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

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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

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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

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Unlike his friend Coleridge, Wordsworth did not write much criticism, partly because, by his own admission, he was uncomfortable writing prose. However, his Preface to Lyrical Ballads, the volume...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 3:58 am UTC

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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

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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

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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

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If you're asking whether you can use the theme of nature to describe one of William Worsworth's poems, then the answer is a resounding YES. Wordsworth was the quintessential Romantic writer, and...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 2:38 am UTC

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Wordsworth discusses his newly minted theory of what poetry should be in the "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads, a collection of meant (1) to display his new theory and (2) to have been written with...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 5:05 am UTC

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William Wordsworth changed the course of English poetry and became one of the poets most closely connected with English Romantic movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Together with...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 9:42 pm UTC

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