• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Pre 20th Century Poetry William Wordsworth.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

English Literature: Pre 20th Century Poetry William Wordsworth The Prelude In the Prelude Wordsworth writes about how he became a poet, which is similar to Heaney. Also similarly to Heaney he shows fear and escapism in his poems from his childhood. As a child he lives in a surreal world but as the poems progress his dreams are disturbed. Nature is a huge element in his poems and it guides him as he grows up. The Prelude (Part 1) In this poem a young Wordsworth steals a boat, "an act of stealth and troubled pleasure". "Troubled pleasure" represents a paradox. When he writes "led by her", it shows the temptation offered by nature. He is tempted by nature. Nature is feminine to him and motherly. He personifies nature and treats it as if it were a person. Nature is alive to him. The mountains talk to him; "mountain echoes". This is a symbol of movement and life, which shows nature is alive. Wordsworth believed his driving energy came from the universe. His belief was in the spirit of nature, Pantheism. Wordsworth was a pantheist. ...read more.

Middle

It is in the Lake District and the ritual is that of skating on the frozen lake. There is a much happier atmosphere and Wordsworth is enjoying himself. The use of the word "blazed" is very effective visual word. The cottages seem to be calling Wordsworth to them but he didn't heed and instead followed nature. He "wheeled about" which is a metaphorical verb as he is on skates. He captures the sound of the skates as they "hissed on the polished ice". This uses alliteration to capture the sound. There is an "imitated chase...resounding horn", he is imagining that he is on a fox hunt. Sharp words such as din and smitten are used. The simile "tinkled like iron" is used; this is onomatopoeia. The cold iron is "icy". There is a melancholy atmosphere, probably exactly like the way Wordsworth felt at that time. The hills are alive. Other kids didn't notice but Wordsworth did. He was very imaginative and perceptive. Wordsworth had the spark of a poet. The "orange sky" paints a picture in one's mind as he moves away from the others. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is all around him. He is one with nature. "Scattered like a flock of sheep" is another simile he uses. Wordsworth then mentions the word murmur for a third time. Nature is speaking to him. "And vacant air" is the climactic moment. On line 44, "Up I rose", he begins to destroy the place. "Dragged, crashed, ravaged". He leaves the place "deformed and sullied". The place is in an awful state. He "mutilated", tore the place apart. The rhythm of the poem had changed. The mood changes from joy to guilt. He realises what he has done. "I felt a sense of pain", the guilt kicks in. The "silent trees". The trees used to talk to him. They used to be alive, but now they are dead. The "intruding sky" comes in on him. It is blaming him. Nature is telling him that he has done wrong. He has learned from his experience. He has now been taught not to do such things. Conclusion Nature is a huge influence on his ethics and morality. Everything Wordsworth became in life stemmed from Nature. "There is a spirit in the woods". He has yet again touched the spirit of nature. Nature is his mother, father, teacher, inspiration, religion, friend, lover, playmate, conscience, discipline and sensitivity. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Wordsworth section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Wordsworth essays

  1. An analysis of 'Nutting' by William Wordsworth

    The repetition of the word 'flowers', with which the narrator played, and 'murmur', emphasises the sublime feelings he has towards nature. He elevates himself above ordinary man by creating the impression that he can communicate directly with nature. The pureness and tranquillity of the woods being explored is illustrated through

  2. "For the Record": Images Creating a Theme.

    The vehicle in this metaphor is the word signature. This can also be referred to as metonymy, because the signature is representing all of mankind and is something that can be associated with a person ("signature"). Regarding the extended metaphor, the tenor of the statement is that we should look to the people who are signing the building contracts

  1. NATURE, natural, and the group of words derived from them, or allied to them ...

    beings do; since all that they do being the consequence of some of the impulses with which their Creator must have endowed them, all must equally be considered as done in obedience to his will. As this practical conclusion was shrunk from, it was necessary to draw a distinction, and

  2. "Design, pattern or what I am in the habit of calling inscape, is what ...

    It too has a tonal contrast between the sestet and the octet which opens as being a vision of paradise itself and a captured moment of idyllic nature at its most beautiful. But this is immediately challenged and overcome by the sestet which is an ugly picture of the sin of mankind.

  1. Show how Freud impacted on writing of the 20th century with reference to one ...

    When faced with choosing a leader from amongst themselves, the children choose the strongest, tallest, and most beautiful: Ralph. They impulsively do what humans do everyday; they wanted to pick the most beautiful and powerful as a means to strengthen themselves.

  2. The Project Paper - The short story.

    nation (partly drawn into it by his unrequited love for Maud Gonne, a crusading nationalist) and in founding the Irish National Theatre, which in 1904 moved to the renowned Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Dublin audiences were difficult: in 1899 they jeered Yeats's first play, The Countess Cathleen, for portraying a

  1. 'Poetry is the image of man and nature' (Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads). Critically ...

    'All Nature', according to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'seems at work'24. This notion of Arcadian liberation, is importantly symbolised by recurrence of birds in Romantic poetry. In Blake's The Ecchoing Green, he refers to: Sky-lark and thrush, The birds of the bush25, the sky-lark, as in Percy Bysshe Shelley's eponymous poem,

  2. Compare and Contrast The Concept of Nature in the Works of Karl Marx and ...

    Kateb interprets this by telling his readers that Emerson believed that self reliance was only possible in a holistic way, and that it could only be achieved in contemplation, as it was impossible for any man to act out all possibilities.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work