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  1. Wordsworth begins Tintern Abbey with the tranquil scene of nature as he is revisiting this place after Five years have passed; five summers, with the length/Of five long winters.

    It could be said that Wordsworth meant to convey the message that true wisdom as well as true religion may be gained through sensuous acuteness. In other words, there is much insight to be gained from nature's offerings, whether spiritual or mental, but one must be in tune with nature in order to fully receive all it has to offer. Even though Wordsworth is pleased to be revisiting this place that he once treasured so dearly, he also notes that his outlook on life and nature has changed.

    • Word count: 745
  2. The solitary reaper

    The ryhme on 'profound' and ' sound' are connecting the words both in the sound and the meaning ; the comparision of the beauty of the sound of the girl is the subject of the next stanza. The poet is admiring the girl's singing even without understanding it and trying to guess the content of it in the third stanza, however the final stanza is infers that the song is charming and stays in the memory. The poem is depicted at the nature and with the first stanza the poet depicts a 'field' and a ' Lass' who is 'cuts

    • Word count: 628
  3. It Is a beautous evening calm and free

    The tranquil atmosphere and calm tone of the poem combine and point out Wordsworth's works marks evidently. The words chosen by the poet infers that the religion and nature are highly connected and nature's beauty comes from the Being. The 'holy time' is 'quite as a nun' and the metaphor of 'mighty being is awake' perhaps suggest that the Creator shows his presence with the natural incidents. The sea metaphor and the sound of it indicates that the existence of the nature, its voice, its effects, all of them are referring the God.

    • Word count: 702
  4. William Wordsworth

    The poem has an enthusiastic tone, it starts with an outburst and ends with praises for John Milton, it is a tribute for John Milton and a critic for contemporary British nation. England describes as 'fen' and this metaphor is valid for 'altar, sword and pen', the speaker suggests that all these institutions are in a fen and waters are 'stagnant ' therefore there is no change, this situation is permanent. 'Fireside' and 'hall and bower' presumably points out houses and the British royalty with its 'heroic wealth'.

    • Word count: 639
  5. Critical appreciation of Tintern Abbey, focussing on the ways in which it is a typical romantic poem.

    This suggests there is an air of mystery about the place, something humans themselves cannot physically grab hold of or clutch; something beyond our material nature. Nature leads the path to the soul; it instigates exploration of the self because, like nature, the self is not something we can define or grab hold of, but it is the self where these emotions come from. The beauty provides ephemeral access to a more spiritual existence, brief moments of enlightenment. Because Wordsworth wants to understand these incredible emotions, he wants to know how to transform these brief moments of "ecstasy" into permanent bliss, he is lead to where they are rooted; his inner self.

    • Word count: 1439
  6. analysis of 'nutting' by wordsworth

    The use of poetic inversion with 'When forth I sallied from our cottage-door' (line 3) helps in the creating of a rhythm, setting up the most commonly used line of 10 syllables throughout the poem. The word 'perhaps' (line 28) emphasises that he is looking back on something that took place some time ago. 'The violets of five seasons reappear and fade, unseen by any human eye' (lines 29&30) could be symbolic of the passing of five years and enforces the feeling of excitement at a place previously 'unvisited' (line 15).

    • Word count: 1219
  7. English essay about Worthwords

    The "strange fits", something eccentric or unjustified, which Wordsworth is relating to is the terrible and frightening thought of his lover dying. Here we can see that Wordsworth is portraying his transcending human fears and he is relating to his own fears against immortality. 2nd stanza- When the girl I loved was strong and happy, "like a rose in June" (an image of beauty), I would go to her cottage under the evening moon. He describe his lover as "as a rose in June", an image of beauty.

    • Word count: 1162
  8. By a detailed description of any 3 of Wrdsworth's typical poetry, point out the poet's strength in this kind of poetry.

    One of the attributes of Wordsworth's poetry that gives them a timeless appeal is perhaps his effective use of imagery. For instance, in "Lucy Gray", the establishment of Lucy as the personification of the more elusive, delicate aspects of Nature is complete in the very first stanza in the lines, "You yet may spy the fawn at play/ The hare upon the green/ But the sweet face of Lucy Gray/ Will never more be seen". Here, the fawn and hare are aspects of Lucy's own nature - playful, innocent and common.

    • Word count: 925
  9. The Romantic Turn in Poetry; Mimeticism vs. Expressivity in William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"

    In the Renaissance poets mainly focused on Ancient Greek epics and again put focus on Mimeticism. In the middle of the 18th century there was a change in literature. Mimeticism was slowly being replaced by Expressivity. Expressivity The characteristic feature of expressivity is that it is evocative rather than descriptive. Literature became a manifestation of the inner world of the poet; his thoughts, emotions and views. (e.g.: line 1, 15, 17...) Imitation of reality is put into the background and only used in order to express the poet's intentions and feelings. (e.g.: line 7,8...) The ideal poem is original and spontaneously created.

    • Word count: 1424
  10. How is the theme of Childhood presented in The Lyrical Ballads?

    In We are Seven, Wordsworth relates a conversation between the poem's narrator and a young girl. The young girl claims to have sixth brothers and sisters, however she says that two of them are dead. Despite the narrator's attempts to convince her that makes only four brothers and sisters, five overall, he eventually concedes that is "Throwing words away" as the girl is not able to truly comprehend the realities of death. In this poem Wordsworth juxtaposes the cynicism of the narrator's view of death with the innocence of the young girl's view.

    • Word count: 1024
  11. How does Wordsworth convey a London of light, life and liberty in the poem Composed upon Westminster Bridge?

    However, Dorothy's journal (from which we glean an insight into Wordsworth's earlier poetry) notes that in September 1802 their return home through London from France took place late in the evening, on a misty day when they "could see nothing." Wordsworth may have used Dorothy's earlier entry in July to inspire this composition which he subsequently dated September 1802. It is generally agreed that he must have confused his dates; but it may also be suggested that during his visit to the capital in July, or on his return journey from seeing both his child and former lover, his spirits

    • Word count: 2010
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    How do Coleridge and Wordsworth present human suffering in the 'Lyrical Ballads'?

    From the very beginning, she is shown to be "sober sad from her exceeding pain", and having nobody to help alleviate it. The woman herself is shown to be "in a scarlet cloak", which alludes to the concept of a 'scarlet lady', who in the time that 'The Thorn' was penned, was also a marginalized character, to an extent. Wordsworth writes the poem from the view of first person, and the narrator is a person who has heard of the woman only from others, and wishes to know more- "wherefore does she cry?"

    • Word count: 1057
  13. Lyrical Ballads - Nature essay

    Nature is shown to give pleasure to those who experience and are in constant harmony with it. In Lines written at small distance[...] 'each minute [is] sweeter than before' presenting an everlasting happiness and also shows the intensity with which Wordsworth appreciates nature, minute by minute. Wordsworth's repetition in the use of 'sweet' when describing nature in most of his poems clearly illustrates the beauty and delights that nature seems to radiate. Also in Lines written in Early Spring The description of the birds hopping and playing through 'thrill of pleasure' presents this visual image of a joyful and energetic nature and by watching these birds Wordsworth says 'That there was pleasure there.'

    • Word count: 1143
  14. Lyrical Ballads

    The use of 'hundredth' exemplifies the extent of knowledge that the child has passed on to the father, which is the art of lying born in love and sensitivity. From this the child has taught the father the innocent, if not pure, form of lying which seems so alien to the brutal and sinful lying in the adult world, Wordsworth seems to highlight this with the extent of the fathers astonishment at his child. The Romantics often pressed upon the children's closeness to nature, Wordsworth presents the children in Rusting settings.

    • Word count: 1103
  15. The presentation of Childhood in lyrical ballads

    Rousseau believed that humans were born into the world innocent, with great potential for goodness, and that it was the adult world of organised religion, which corrupted them. He believed the idea of the "noble savage", something/one that is compatible with nature. The idea of this 'noble savage' is presented in this poem, where Wordsworth introduces this young "sweet maid". In this poem you can also clearly see how innocent and simplistic a child really is compared to an adult, who is full of life's experiences.

    • Word count: 955
  16. In your opinion, how successfully does Lyrical Ballads capture the hour of feeling?

    The acme of classical elegance would be Thomas Gray's An elegy written in a Country Churchyard, it is the reflections of a man seated in a country churchyard, but nothing can conceal the fact that it is a series of solemn thoughts, marshaled in logical sequence and clearly infers a classical restrained background. The poem speaks of emotions but does not convey them. Wordsworth asserted that "Poetry is passion: it is the history and science of feelings" and that the word "passion" is derived from a word that signifies suffering.

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  17. How does Wordsworth portray real people in The Lyrical Ballads?

    He rejected the Miltonic approach to poetry, and instead favoured much more Anglo-Saxon words, for their gritty implications - appropriate for a publication in which most of the poems are focused around everyday people and situations. Unsurprisingly, these are very pastoral poems, many of which solely include narrative. Although this may seem mundane for such a famous poet, this was Wordsworth's statement of protest against the style of the time, and his digression instead led to a new style of poetry in which living language is valued highly, as it allows a sense of man speaking to man, and is a more accessible style of poetry than his predecessors'.

    • Word count: 861
  18. Wordsworth and Coleridge saw themselves as "worshippers of nature." How is this demonstrated in Lyrical Ballads?

    He also does this to demonstrate that the dark and horrible dungeon and the free and beautiful nature are polar opposites, and ultimately to come to the conclusion that they have similar effects on criminals. Circled with evil, till his very soul Unmoulds its essence, hopelessly deformed By sights of ever more deformity! Using this juxtaposition, Coleridge explains that the total beauty of nature will overcome the criminal and their dark ways. He expresses how nature will appear a "jarring and dissonant thing" as it is as far-removed from their dark and deceitful ways as is possible.

    • Word count: 911
  19. The Romanticism in Wordsworth

    One key characteristic that is shown in this poem is optimism. The poem begins on a melancholic note with the use of the word "Lonely," but takes an uplifting spirit soon after. There is an optimistic feeling through the rest of the poem. By using the adjective "golden" to describe the daffodils, one is caused to think that the daffodils are shining or are bright. The speaker continues by describing them as "Fluttering and dancing in the breeze" (6) and moving in a "sprightly dance" (12).

    • Word count: 782
  20. Analysing closely three or four poems which we have read, say what seems to you to be typical of 'Lyrical Ballads'

    Unlike many of his contemporary poets, Wordsworth did not attempt an ornate and elevated poetic style adorned with extravagant metaphors. However, this does not mean the language is colloquial, but that Wordsworth takes his language and subjects from 'ordinary life' hoping to show 'the language really spoken by men'. This is true for poems such as 'We are Seven' in which the narrator meets a 'little cottage girl' and questions her about her siblings. She had a rustic, woodland air, And she was wildly clad; Her eyes were fair, and very fair, - Her beauty made me glad.

    • Word count: 2375
  21. William Wordsworth's `The Daffodils' compared to Gillian Clarke's 'Miracle on St David's Day'

    The poems have many differences and similarities. I plan to write about some of them in this essay. The poems are set in two different places. 'The Daffodils' was written when Wordsworth was out walking on his own, in Gowbarrow Park, by the River Ullswater - which was obviously outside. 'Miracle on St. David's Day was written in a mental institution - an indoor setting. This has an effect on the way each poem is written. Both are written about the human mind, memory and imagination, and I think that writing about these subjects would have been quite hard to do.

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  22. Compare the theme of loneliness in the 'The daffodils or the inward eye' and 'miracle of saint Davids day'.

    telling us as readers that the daffodils are dancing, it gives us an image in our heads that the daffodils were dancing and so was the poet. "Ten thousand saw I glance, tossing their heads in sprightly dance." Both 'Daffodils and 'Miracle' has a person, and relives what he has seen and allows the person to break out. Both poem's are in the past tense, and are writing about a person or something else. In the 'Miracle o.s.day' there is a use of an oxymoron together but has been used together are 'sun' and 'cage'.

    • Word count: 763
  23. The Daffodils

    After reading the title there's a chosen extract or a prolog from the poem 'The Daffodils.' We now know that Gillian Clarke's poem is accociated with William Wordsworth's poem. As this extract is located at the beginning of her poem it makes us believe that her poem is also going to be about daffodils. The poem by Gillian Clarke is about a 'miracle' that occurs on St. David's Day, when a dumb man is touched by the power of a poem. She visits a mental hospital and recites poems to the patients. When in middle of a poem the dumb man abruptly stands up and recites 'The Daffodils' by William Wordworth.

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  24. How do poems 'Daffodils' by William Wordsworth and 'Miracle on St. David's Day' by Gillian Clarke, use the themes of daffodils to explore human emotions?

    The flash of inspiration is the connection between one thing and another. She writes at the interface between past and present, traditional and modern. The title of William Wordsworth's poem, "Daffodils", is significant because it gives a basic theme of what the poem is to be based around. Though it could also represent love, and how it rids the feelings of loneliness. This is possible as it is plural, lonely is singular, daffodils are bright colour associated with happiness. The first line of the poem shows his loneliness, "I wandered lonely as a cloud", but after a few lines the daffodils appear, "all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils".

    • Word count: 2819
  25. Comparison with 'The Thought-Fox' and 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud'

    They are also 'flutt'ring and dancing in the breeze.' There are so many of the daffodils that 'stretched' along a 'never-ending line' he is 'gay' at the sight of so many daffodils. In 'The Thought-Fox' Ted Hughes the writer of the poem was in his early 20's when he wrote the poem in 1955. It was one of Ted Hughes's earliest poems. He was born on 17th August 1930 and he died on 28th October 1998, aged 68. He was appointed Poet Laureate on 19th December 1984 in succession to the late John Betjeman.

    • Word count: 1032

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  • Compare two poems of William Wordsworth.

    "I like I wandered lonely as a cloud as it passes over sensations 'Outdid the sparkling waves in glee' I find the poem very bright and happy ' And then my heart with pleasure fills'. In The Boat - Stealing Episode I like the fact it's a very narrative and informative poem. It's autobiographical, which I enjoy as I can put myself in Wordsworth shoes. I also compared the two poems as they have a big contrast. They're both about the forces of nature but with different effects. But I believe it's also about life and the positive and negative effects we receive. The Boat - Stealing Episode has a negative effect on Wordsworth whereas I wandered lonely as a cloud had a positive effect on him. For me it's like life and it's up's and down's, it's high's and low's, right and wrong and what's fair and just."

  • Compare how the two poets handle their subject matter in the poems To Daffodils by Robert Herrick and The Daffodils by William Wordsworth.

    "Conclusion I think Robert Herrick's poem was very successful as he shows that time passes quite quickly and describes the preciousness of life. I also think that William Wordsworth poem was also a great success. I think that the poem is open-minded and a happy one to read. My favourite out of the two studied though is Robert Herrick's as you can relate to it and know the feelings that he is expressing throughout the poem."

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