Analysis of William Wordsworth's style of writing in the poems, "Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" and " Resolution and Independence".
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Analysis of William Wordsworth's style of writing in the poems, "Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" and " Resolution and Independence" "Nature never did betray the heart that loved her."- This quote of William Wordsworth, encapsulates the intense bond between Nature and him. Wordsworth was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland in 1770. He was the pioneer of a novel style of poetry, which was primarily nature-oriented. He replaced the lofty and eloquent style used at that time with his clear and simple language. His poems mostly dealt with pastoral folk who lived amidst Nature. His poems portray the moral influence exerted by nature on human thought and feeling. The petrachean sonnet "Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" mainly describes the skyline of London from above the Thames and is set early in the morning.
Wordsworth is known for his nature based poems, chooses in this sonnet to capture the city when it is at its best. In the poem, "Resolution and Independence" Wordsworth uses an elevated style of language. As the poem opens, Wordsworth describes Nature in all its glory as he speaks of the night after a storm. Chirping birds and a blazing sun signify that although the poet is anxious about his future, Nature doesn't seem to share this anxiety of his. Wordsworth speaks of how human beings are made to experience both features of life, sorrow and joy. As Wordsworth tries to make himself believe that he is care-free, his apprehension catches up with him. So far, in life he has always upheld a positive outlook to life, but now he is reminded of poets who died with unfulfilled souls.
He had lost his positive attitude to the anxiety concerning his future but seeing the "Resolution and Independence" of the leech gatherer it was restored. In this poem, Wordsworth's characteristic style of sudden encounters with rustic folk can be identified. Wordsworth, in his poems often mentions the uncomplaining attitude of the folk through their poverty and hardship. Wordsworth underlines an important moral as he speaks of the determination and spiritual vitality of the old man. William Wordsworth made an effective use of the exquisiteness of Nature and the sentiments associated with it in both the poems discussed above. Wordsworth initiated a romantic era with his emotion packed verses. Great poets like Wordsworth, merely using words can successfully create a vivid picture in ones head; in both the poems he has utilized this tool as he manages to paint a clear picture in ones mind of both the leech gatherer as well as London City-as he pictures it.
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