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William Wordsworth and his use of imagery

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William Wordsworth's use of imagery HeeSu Sin William Wordsworth was a special, romantic poet who had an extraordinary talent of using imagery. Wordsworth's happiness was shattered after the tragic deaths of his parents and he looked to nature as a source of comfort. He began to appreciate nature and perceived it as a haven where he can feel free and joyful. Nature had a tremendous impact on his imagination and the way he viewed life and love. Wordsworth wrote of his inner feelings through poetry using imagery, giving us a feel of his passion and his deep emotions for nature. In his poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", we are given a tour on Wordsworth's past memory. While he was wandering like a cloud, floating above hills and valleys, he encounters a crowd of golden daffodils that were fluttering and dancing with the breeze. We can see that this moment caught the heart of the poet, and meant a great deal to him. ...read more.


This poem also has plenty of nature images that we can see such as the trees, the stars, and the daffodils. It is like Wordsworth is painting the poem, rather than just creating it. The speaker feels happy and joyful when he is with the daffodils, however, the greater feeling he gains is from recollecting that moment of serenity while in the "jocund company". Wordsworth looks at nature as paradise, where he can relive the feeling of happiness. This poem shows how one's imagination can fulfill him; by using an experience and a cloud as a vehicle of escape. In his poem "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey", we explore the poet's thoughts and emotion as he revisits Tintern Abbey. Five years has passed since he has last visited and he is greeted with "waters, rolling from their mountain-springs", "soft inland murmurs" and tranquility. He uses phrases like "five summers, with the length of five long winters" which show us how much he has missed the Abbey. ...read more.


However, he has received the gifts that come with maturity; he can still bring back the memories of his youth to bring warmth and happiness to himself. This gives us a feel of how he has matured from a boy when he still was "bounded o'er the mountains", to a man where he can now "look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity". To us, nature may seem nothing more than just a bunch of trees and leaves; however Wordsworth's view on nature was extraordinary. To him, nature was paradise and his best friend. He wanted to show other fellow, common people the wonders of nature and its effects on him. Through imagery, Wordsworth let everybody see how he perceived nature as a sanctuary, where he could find happiness and warmth and where his passion and his views of life were greatly influenced and altered. ...read more.

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