• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A comparison of Wordsworth's 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' and Clarkes 'Miracle on Saint David's Day'.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A comparison of Wordsworth's 'Iwandered lonely as a cloud' and Clarkes 'Miracle on Saint David's Day'. The title 'I wandered lonely as a cloud,' says a lot about the poem, especially as it is also the first line. It immediately starts off the poem with a sense of inner disharmony, shown by the words 'wandered', 'lonely' and 'cloud'. 'Wandered' gives the impression of being purposeless and 'lonely' shows that he longs for some sort of relationship. The word 'cloud' also relates to the loneliness and distance between him and civilisation. It could also mean that the poet is comfortable with his loneliness and wandering, just as a cloud seems comfortable alone. It also starts off a comparison between man and nature, an idea illustrated throughout both poems. The title of the second poem 'miracle on Saint David's day' starts straight off with a religious theme. Though this is not particularly shown through either poem, the fact a 'miracle' is a revelation is. In the first poem it is shown by the words 'when all at once' and shown in the second poem by 'he is suddenly staring'. ...read more.

Middle

It also seems that because he is so passionate he exaggerates every fact showing his enthusiasm. In the second poem the beautiful rhythmatic group of words is stopped abruptly with the technicality of the word 'schizophrenic'. Going back to the welsh culture, the words 'as many buckets of coal,' seems ironic as the welsh coal industry closed down, leaving no more coal. In poem 2 the fact that the mental patients feel trapped and 'caged' reflects Wordsworth's agony of loneliness. In the first poem Wordsworth uses old fashioned language, 'gay' and 'jocund'. In both poems they seem to focus on the wealth of memories and natural happiness and less concerned with currency. In Clarke's poem all the patients seem to be extremes, one absent, one absorbed. The mental patients in her poem seem to be like cattle, led to where there supposed to be, then a revelation happens which leads to a rebel among the flock. This might symbolise the mans grasp on sanity. As he is a labouring man the fact he doesn't speak might be a sign of stupidity, but that is stricken. When he repeats the poem, it reminds me of the phrase, 'just because I don't, doesn't mean I can't'. ...read more.

Conclusion

Again back to welsh culture, Clarke's poem seems to go into the music of speech and the welsh cultural identity is centred around music and dancing, making his words a performance. It seems that Clarke has a view that the welsh cultural voice is being lost and they need to regain it. This is shown by the last line of the poem, 'and the daffodils are flame'. The 'flame; is the revolution and that's what Clarke's edging towards. They need to break free from the chains of money and voice there opinions on the world. It seems although both poems are written in a different time and style they both have a strong theme that money does not create happiness, and mostly leads to misery. Clarkes poem was written in response to wordsworths one and has merely built on the idea from a different perspective. Wordsworth seems to have been written in a fluent, nursery rhyme style while as clarkes style seems to be focusing on a hard, difficult and shocking structure. Its as if Clarke is trying to voice wordsworths ideas, but make them more eventful. Altogether it seems that the poems are both evaluating the same ideas but interperating them in different styles. Anne-Marie Waterworth 10df ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level William Wordsworth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level William Wordsworth essays

  1. Analysing closely three or four poems which we have read, say what seems to ...

    As discussed, the repetition highlights the opposing views of the narrator and the girl. However, Wordsworth is not suggesting that either beliefs are wrong, but that the child has an innocent lack of awareness that makes the poem touching as it is clear that to the reader that the girl

  2. William Wordsworth's `The Daffodils' compared to Gillian Clarke's 'Miracle on St David's Day'

    In this poem, it is the rhythms of poetry that cures the dumb man. However, 'The Daffodils' describes the power of the actual flower to cure Wordsworth's '...vacant or pensive mood...' The significance of the actual flower differs in the two poems.

  1. I wandered lonely as a cloud - William Wordsworth - review.

    This helps to show the love and interest in nature, which was common in the Romantic Age. The Romantic Age showed a new found respect for the imagination rather then intelligence; this is shown during the poem. Wordsworth describes how he stopped and "gazed and gazed but little thought", this

  2. How do poems 'Daffodils' by William Wordsworth and 'Miracle on St. David's Day' by ...

    Yet now in comparison to the first verse he is now content while alone, "bliss of solitude", he is reflecting on the past which holds good memories for him. Wordsworth has split his poem into 4 stanzas, each one 6 lines long, with the majority of the lines including 8 syllables.

  1. What similarities and differences do you find in the thoughts and feelings conveyed to ...

    We also feel drifting with the poem. One of the main points made in this stanza, is the vastness of the daffodils "a host of golden daffodils". Stanza two, "Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the Milky Way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance."

  2. Form and meaning of The Daffodils by W.Wordsworth and Miracle on St.David’s Day by ...

    Wordsworth's purpose in The Daffodils is to express his emotion to the reader, and make the reader feel the daffodils and become lost in a magical world of the beauty of spring just like he himself did. Wordsworth appreciated nature already but wanted to get it across to the reader

  1. The Romantic Turn in Poetry; Mimeticism vs. Expressivity in William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely ...

    The ideal poem is original and spontaneously created. William Wordsworth wrote in the preface to the second edition of his Lyrical Ballads (1800): "For all good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings." Unlike in Mimeticism, there were no rules as to how literature should be written in Expressivity.

  2. How does Wordsworth convey a London of light, life and liberty in the poem ...

    they are being highlighted by the light of the summers morning, bear a resemblance to the more natural elements of tree, wood and rock. An open field, or an open sky, holds an abundance of natural life. It is this idea that Wordsworth is trying to communicate: "Earth has not

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work