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An analysis of 'Nutting' by William Wordsworth

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An Analysis of 'Nutting' by William Wordsworth

Wordsworth employs various poetic techniques throughout the poem Nutting, for example, imagery, alliteration, enjambment and many others. The poetic form and language used throughout powerfully illustrates the poet's feelings for humanity and nature. It is considered a Romantic poem which explores the constant themes that preoccupied the Romantic poets, such as remembered childhood, a sublime feeling for nature and a sense of the connection between man and nature.

Nutting is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter, five metrical feet in each line. The poem has a rigid structure with each line being made up mostly of 10 or 11 syllables. This reflects the narrator's rigid view of nature. He appreciates the power of nature as a pure and divine force. His passion for it creates the need for him to control and tame it. However, the poem's form does not follow the natural rhythm of nature, which is often threatening, untamed and unpredictable. This contrasts with the idyllic picture painted by Wordsworth, in which nature is kind, gentle and perfect.

The poem is written in simple language and is made up of two stanzas, with the second having only three

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