She dwelt among the untrodden waysBeside the springs of Dove....
She lived unknown, and few could knowWhen Lucy ceased to be;But she is in her grave, and, oh,The difference to me!
Although the setting in William Wordsworth's “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways” is sparsely described, it is actually a very important part of the poem. Wordsworth gives a brief description in the poem's first two lines:
She lived among the untrodden ways,
Beside the springs of Dove
This doesn't tell us much about the setting, but Wordsworth is a great poet and he doesn't need many words to express a lot. We know from these two lines that the poem's subject, a woman named Lucy, lives out in the country where not many people travel (untrodden means untraveled). He doesn't get very specific, but he does tell us that she is close to Dove, which is a 45 mile-long river. I wouldn't be surprised if he chose this river because it happens to rhyme with the word “love,” which appears two lines later.
Wordworth's intent is to describe a beautiful woman who lives a nearly anonymous life. The poem's setting reinforces that idea—there aren't going to be many people in a place that is untrodden.