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 meet her mother. Unfortunately, Lucy gets lost in a snowstorm and never reaches town. The next day, Lucy's parents search for her throughout the wilderness and end up following her footprints in the snow. Lucy's parents track her footprints to a wooden bridge where her footprints suddenly disappear. Lucy's body is never recovered, but some people still maintain that they see her spirit as they walk through the forest.
Two of the main themes throughout Wordsworth's poem concern nature and the loss of a loved one. Lucy not only lives away from society on the moors, but she also travels through the wilderness. It is suggested that she enjoys nature because people claim to hear her playfully whistling on her journey to town. Lucy is depicted as an innocent child who enjoys the natural environment. Also, Wordsworth examines the loss of a loved one throughout the poem. Lucy's parents are concerned about their daughter's well-being when she does not arrive in town. The next day they search through the forest and are devastated to discover that Lucy's footprints end on the bridge.