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    Discuss the way in which Wordsworth and Heaney present nature and rural life in their poetry.

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    Within his poetry, Wordsworth contemplates the relationship between nature and human life. He considers his pantheistic beliefs, while realising that nature has many different facets and possesses the power to have spiritual and emotional impacts on the human form. Wordsworth achieves this in his poetry by presenting nature in many different ways. This is shown clearly in the poem, "Daffodils" where we can see Wordsworth exploring nature as a source of wonderment; he responds and relates himself to the two underlying themes of memory and imagination, on a spiritual level.

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    William Wordsworth, known as one of the first generation of romantic poets lived from 1770-1850.

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    He also suggests the surroundings by extending the previous simile: 'That floats on high o'er vales and hills'. Here he suggests a rural vision through 'vales' (valleys) and 'hills'. Onto the third a sudden sense of urgency is created with 'when all at once', contrasting the sense of slow speed developed in the previous lines of the stanza. He personifies daffodils as a 'crowd' of daffodils, which is qualified by further personification of daffodils-'A host, of golden daffodils'. 'Crowd' and 'host' both contribute to enlighten us about the vastness of the daffodils.

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  • Compare and contrast how Lord Byron's She Walks in Beauty and William Wordsworth's She was a Phantom of Delight explore the theme of attraction to mysterious beauty. In your answer you must comment on:

    "In conclusion this essay has shown that the two very similar romantic poets, Byron and Wordsworth have conveyed their ideas of mysterious beauty through poetry in many strict ways. The structure of their poems has shown how both poems are very regular and have a strict orderly rhyming scheme. The use of certain language features has given the poems a more in depth understanding and this has been shown in both the first lines and parts of the poems referring to beauty. The first lines have also grasped the reader by not giving away the whole meaning of the poem. The characters of both ladies in the poems have shown that perhaps one could have been a prostitute and the other maybe a ghost. Finally physical imagery in the poems has shown that both poets differ on how they picture beauty and this is shown through their poetry. Peter Luetchford English Coursework 15th May 2002 Page 1 of 3"

  • Compare and contrast the two poems 'Slough' and 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'.

    "I preferred 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' rather than 'Slough' as I found that the poem was very calming and tranquil. It was short, easy to read and easy to understand. The ways that Wordsworth described the place made the poem shine because it was made to sound really peaceful and beautiful. I was able to create a vision of a place that seemed non-existent, or far out of our reach, but Wordsworth really captures the beauty. Cheryl Arnak 3320"

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