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  1. Compare and contrast Heaney’s and Wordsworth’s poems about a similar experience in nature, showing the influence of the contexts in which they were writing.

    The reverence given to the lower rural classes in Wordsworth's poem fits our expectation of Romantic writing. This stems from the revolutionary changes that were occurring at the time. In the French Revolution, the monarchy and aristocrats had been overthrown, and the lower classes exalted and seen as pure. But contrary to Romantic opinion, the child in Blackberry Picking is a witness to the aforementioned reality of nature- its death and decay; "- It wasn't fair, That all the lovely canfuls smelt of rot."

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  2. “The processes of the poet’s own mind, its mobility and alteration of mood, become the subject matter of all manner of feelings are available to exploration.” To what extent do you find this view useful in your reading of Coleridge’s

    Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement and This Lime Tree Bower my Prison can easily be identified to contain a pattern within their structure. The first stanza of each poem sees the poet in a mood of reflection; and the reader is privy to Coleridge's pensive thoughts, using language to convey his feelings. In This Lime Tree Bower My Prison the tone is sad and melancholy because "they are gone and here I must remain" rather than going on a walk with his friends.

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  3. Wordsworth – his life and works

    The sonnet depicting the state of France at his time has an ABBA rhyming pattern and lines of 10 syllables each. He states that the damage created by war could be mistaken for a natural disaster "One might believe that natural miseries had blasted France and made it land unfit for men." Although next he says that the war was so common that; 'Rural works are there; and ordinary business without care, Suggesting that the ongoing war had been accepted by Frances people and was now a part of everyday life.

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  4. A Blessing

    He may have suddenly discovered the beauty of nature and what it is all about. He does not go into detail to say what his actual discovery has been. It is possible that he wants to keep this to himself, yet still allow the reader to know that something magnificent has happened. Another possible realization that the poet may have arrived at may be that he knows now that there is, in fact, life after death. When he does die he will not just disappear, but he will "blossom" into something new and beautiful. I think that it is very possible that the poetry and ideas of William Wordsworth inspired James Wright.

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