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'Strange fits of passion have I known' Strange fits of passion I have known, And I will dare to tell, But in the Lover's ear alone, What once to me befell. When she I loved, was strong and gay And like a rose in June, I to her cottage bent my way, Beneath an evening moon. Upon the moon I fixed my eye, All over the wide lea; 10 With quickening pace my horse drew nigh Those paths so dear to me. 1st stanza - I have had strange fits of passion that I would only describe them in my lover's ear, what once happened to me. The opening line of the poem suggests that Wordsworth has a craze idea of his lover being dead that his mind has adjust too. Wordsworth has been a victim of his strange fits of passion and he will only describe them in his lover's ear alone. Here Wordsworth is overcome and defeated by passionate fits of thought and realizing of how horrifying it would be if she, his lover, were dead. ...read more.


Wordsworth explores fear and morbid fantasy, the horror of death, of his lover place in the mortal word and the significance of her death. 4th stanza - As we reached the orchard plot (copse or small wood area) and as we climbed over the hill, towards the roof of Lucy's cottage, the moon which we hade followed slowly disappeared. The hill that he climbs to get to her cottage can be seen as a reflection of his feelings for her creating a sense of anticipation, and perhaps elevating her metaphorically as well as literally in our eyes. As he is riding his horse towards the cottage the moon which he has followed on his way to Lucy's cottage has now descended. This can be seen as a trick in forms of perspective, called a parallax, as the sinking or disappearance of the moon, where darkness remains and loneliness arises, makes him wonder about the possibility of Lucy's own death, and in that sense disappeared as well. In one of those sweet dreams I slept, Kind Nature's gentlest boon! ...read more.


As the race between the lover on the horse's back and the moon was established with a victory for the moon, Wordsworth may have believed that he actually lost nature as a guide, and that this loss comes with a passage for Lucy into nature, as he in a flash saw the moon being dropped behind Lucy's cottage. The moon fell behind Lucy's cottage, and by that image Wordsworth fears the worst as any lover would do, and the thoughts he imagines are horrible thus entering the first half of the 7th stanza where he questions himself, of what kind of horrible thought's one can imagine has happened your loved ones. It gives you the feeling that these thoughts are in contact with the sublime, they are horrific indeed, but you fear the worst for your loved ones as you care the most for them. The speaker thereafter continues with the second half of the 7th stanza, by loudly stating the biggest fear he could imagine while crying: What if Lucy is dead? Wordsworth then gives us a large applicable area to the sublime, the thoughts of fear to lose your loved ones. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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