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William Wordsworth and Robert Frost - Views on nature.

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To many people Nature is something of little thought, but when we take time to "stand back" and acknowledge it we can actually see its beauty. Until now a meadow or a tree in a forest to me, was little more than something of everyday life. Now having come to realise the power and force it has upon mans emotions and actions, I realised the thoughts of other people when studying the work of William Wordsworth and Robert Frost. Both poets see Nature in different ways although there are some aspects of the subject which are clearly the same. This view is such a vast subject which is an always changing thing. From the changing seasons to the day- to- day weather Nature never ceases to amaze. For both poets Nature brings the same thing, yet in very different ways. For Robert Frost, the simple scene of a wood (forest) filling slowly up with snow. As for Wordsworth the scene is very much a more vibrant picture as he describes the daffodils in their 'sprightly dance'. To you or me, to see these things is just something that happens and we don't notice it. ...read more.


His rich emotional and enthusiastic language really does transform the simple daffodil into something of magical beauty. This style of writing is common of a lyrical poet. In Frosts poem 'stopping by woods' the language is also appreciative of Nature but not just so lively and enthusiastic. Frost suttely tells us of his encounter with Nature. He describes the scene (woods) as 'lovely, dark and deep' this isn't as vibrant or 'in your face' as Wordsworth. Frost in some senses seems to be a lot more laid back and relaxed in his environment; he almost gives this wonderful sight a solemn feel. We know that Frost sees his time in the woods as a piece of heaven, and he feels when he dies he could escape to peaceful tranquillity similar what he is seeing in front of him, but he also realises that he has responsibilities to maintain and doesn't want to let people down so this puts a 'downer' on the 'happy' feel to the poem. After all it is easy to put ourselves in the situation, we've all been there. Not nessacerily to the extent of feeling in heaven but most certainly the urge to stay somewhere but you have to leave against your will. ...read more.


'He gives his harness bells a shake to ask if there is some mistake.' Wordsworth brings his subject, the daffodils to life using personification too. 'Tossing their heads in a sprightly dance.' You picture the daffodils as humans with energy to joyfully dance and celebrate life. The fact he was lonely explains his use of words here 'jocund company' we see a sense of communion here. The use of onomatopoeia makes both poems more homely. 'Fluttering' the delicate movement of the flower. 'Gazed' long sound to emphasise his movement. 'Glance' a swift sound to indicate a quick look. 'Sprightly' energetic and lively sounding. 'Bliss' relaxing sounding. In 'stopping by woods' Frost uses the word 'sweep' to give the soft feeling of how the snow drifts through the trees. 'Downy' indicates again how the flakes slowly drifted down. The word 'down' could refer to the movement of duck down as it falls to the ground. The phrase 'sounds the sweep' make me think of how the wind whispered through the trees carrying the snow. 'sounds the sweep' is also a perfect example of assonance and soft alliteration. There are a few more points I would like to add to this essay after the first draft has been marked. Ross Millar English Essay 11S Nature Poetry 'Daffodils'and'Stopping by Woods' Word Count: 1995 ...read more.

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