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Compare and contrast the ways in which Wordsworths The Daffodils and Brownings Home-Thoughts, from Abroad present the spring in England

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Compare and contrast the ways in which Wordsworth's 'The Daffodils' and Browning's 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad' present the spring in England. 'The Daffodils' by William Wordsworth and 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad' by Robert Browning both discuss the beauty of English springs, the flowers blossoming, and the atmosphere of the already approaching season. As all life forms are rejoicing in both poems, it indicates that spring is a positive time of the year. 'The Daffodils' by Wordsworth was written in 1804, two years after his experience. His sister Dorothy was with him on April 15, 1802 when they 'saw a few daffodils close to the water side'. Wordsworth got his inspiration for writing this poem when he was relaxing at home when suddenly: 'They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude'. Wordsworth uses personification for the daffodils, describing them as 'fluttering and dancing in the breeze' and 'tossing their heads in sprightly dance'. ...read more.


This whole experience is simply magnificent and at the end of the poem, when Wordsworth suddenly remembers the daffodils he saw, his: 'Heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils'. His use of language emphasizes the fact that he has never had such a joyful experience: 'A poet could not but be gay In such a jocund company'. Wordsworth's use of regular and simple rhyme and the rhyming couplets at the end of each stanza create a dancing rhythm matching the 'gay' daffodils 'ever glancing ever changing'. Like 'The Daffodils', Robert Browning's 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad' also shows his admiration for English spring. Unlike Wordsworth, he was not there to enjoy the singing of the 'wise thrush' and 'the chaffinch'. Browning was in Italy when he was writing this poem. He yearns 'Oh, to be in England now that April is there'. The beauty is not with him, it is far away from where he is. ...read more.


Browning writes about the memories which make him homesick while Wordsworth goes on to think about how poetic inspiration comes from a memory. The tone of voice in 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad' is very longing whereas the tone in 'The Daffodils' is full of joy and amazement. The deepness of Browning's poem is expressed through the more complicated use of rhyme schemes and irregular line length. He not only discusses the beauty of English spring but also his homesickness. Both Wordsworth and Browning are admirers of English springs. They both bring nature alive through their poems: 'the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough' and the daffodils are 'fluttering and dancing in the breeze'. I personally prefer 'The Daffodils' as the way Wordsworth portrays the daffodils creates a vivid image of 'a jocund company' of daffodils 'resting their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness'. Wordsworth's use of diction is very inspiring and makes me want to dance along with the daffodils. ...read more.

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