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How Do Poets Find Consolation in Nature (Wordsworth/Clare/Keats/Bronte)

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How do poets find consolation in nature? Poets find consolation in nature through various writing techniques. These include the use of similes, metaphors and imagery. Often, poets use personification in order to give nature, and natural objects human characteristics. Romanticists wrote poems expressing the beauty of nature in order to revolt against the Industrial Revolution. The Industrial Revolution took place between the 18th and 19th century, where a lot of machine-based manufacturing was introduced to Britain, and later throughout the whole world. The romantics of the time opposed the idea of industrialization because it went against their beliefs of the importance of nature in language and art. This point in time produced many famous romantics including William Wordsworth, John Clare, John Keats and Emily Bronte. William Wordsworth wrote the poem 'Daffodils.' which portrays his memory of the daffodils. He started the poem with "I wandered lonely as a cloud." In this simile, Wordsworth dehumanised himself by assuming to be a cloud. It also suggests the mood he was in, and how he was seeking escape from it. He outlined a crowd of daffodils and used emotive language to suggest the mood he was in, and how it affected him. There is a lot of descriptive writing in the poem, perhaps to stress the beauty of the daffodils in Wordsworth's eyes. ...read more.

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He showed how the song of the nightingale accompanies people in the dark in different ways. With the ploughman, he finds pleasure in listening to the song of the nightingale and imitating it. The term used is 'feels' to suggest that music can affect not only the hearing, but the sense of touch, too. He used several literary devices in the poem including emotive language and imagery. The emotive language helps the reader to relate to the poem, whilst the imagery allows them to depict the scene as well as the atmosphere in their heads. He also used a hyperbole when he writes 'Lose all their paths in dusk to lead him wrong." He employed this technique to show how when time is consumed doing something one enjoys, like listening to the song of the nightingale, in can be hard to follow a track or path. John Keats wrote the poem 'Ode To A Nightingale,' which resembles a tribute to the nightingale. Keats used several literary devices, including emotive language. This can be seen when he wrote 'I have been half in love with easeful death.' He portrayed his longing for a peaceful death which insinuated that he was depressed, and saddened by his life. He seemed to find solace in nature, as it pulled him away from his fears and worries. ...read more.

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She also stated that she prefers the night, to the day writing about the sun: 'Hide me from the hostile light that does not warm, but burn.' This line suggests that physically and emotionally, she cannot handle being in the sun or daylight and also how darkness is more welcome to her, rather than the light of the sun. She described the sun as 'blood red.' The colour red is usually used to symbolize danger or a warning which makes the effect of her words greater when included with the word 'blood.' She shows the readers how the night is better when compared to the day as the stars and sky imitate a safe haven. The poems all share a common theme; they all seek consolation from nature, but in different forms. Some seek it in the literal sense, such as from flowers and stars, whilst others use metaphors to express the beauty of nature. However, they all stem from the same cause; poets that are trying to convey the art of nature and the peace in it through words. All the poems have an underlying theme, portraying the sentimental feel about nature, and how it can help people through a variety of emotions, the most common being depression. Through this, each poem depicts in unique ways how nature can relieve one of sadness and pain. ...read more.

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