William Wordsworth (1770-1850) is one of the most famous poets in the history of English Literature. He was born in Cockermouth in Cumbria, part of the region commonly known as the Lake District, and his birthplace had a huge influence on his writing. So did the fact that his mother died when he was only eight years old. His father wasn't always around, although William did use his library for reading. William spent time with his grandparents who lived in nearby Penrith, an even wider and more rugged place. Wordsworth is believed to have started writing poetry when he was at school; during this time he was orphaned by the death of this father. He went to Cambridge University and just before finishing his studies he set off on a walking tour of Europe, coming into contact with the French Revolution, which informed his writing. He fell in love with a French woman and she had a child. Wordsworth returned to England before his daughter, Caroline, was born and war between Britain and France meant that he didn't see his daughter or her mother for many years. In 1802, shortly after visiting his daughter in France, Wordsworth married Mary Hutchinson, a friend from his school days. had a great effect and for days afterwards he was troubled by the experience. The Prelude can definitely be viewed as an epic poem, in length at least. Epics are very long pieces of writing that usually deal with exciting, action-packed heroic events like wars or explorations. Although many of the events Wordsworth writes about are 'ordinary' they are given an epic quality, to fully describe the impact they had on his life. Structure and languageThere are no stanzas: the writing is continuous though there is plenty of punctuation to help us read it. This extract is a complete story in itself. It starts with "One summer evening..." and finishes with the effects on his mind of the boat trip: "a trouble to my dreams".SoundThe Prelude is conversational, as if Wordsworth is sat next to us, telling us the story himself. The poet uses "and"s throughout to give the verse a breathless quality. Listen carefully next time someone tells you a story: there will be lots of 'and's used.Imagery Wordsworth effectively describes the night-time atmosphere with his choice of images:Small circles glittering idly in the moon,Until they melted all into one trackOf sparkling light.But gentle moonlight becomes darkness as the poet-narrator's state of mind becomes troubled by the end of the extract:...o'er my thoughtsThere hung a darkness, call it solitudeOr blank desertion. No familiar shapesRemained, no pleasant images of trees,Of sea or sky, no colours of green fields;This is imagery that could be associated with gothic (sinister or grotesque) tales, nightmares or even horror.Wordsworth continues with this imagery:But huge and mighty forms, that do not liveLike living men, moved slowly through the mindBy day, and were a trouble to my dreams.Personification is also used by Wordsworth: he refers to the boat as "her" (which is quite common in literature from that historic period) and the mountain peak comes alive and chases him:...a huge peak, black and huge, As if with voluntary power instinct,
Upreared its head...
For so it
2.Dove Cottage, The Wordsworth Museum & Wordsworth's grave (Grasmere)
For Wordsworth fans, a visit to 17th century Dove Cottage in Grasmere – the home of poet William Wordsworth from 1799 to 1808 – will top their Lake District itinerary. Enjoy the 20-minute guided tour then wander at your leisure; visit the museum for one of the greatest collections of items relating to British Romanticism; then polish off your visit with some cake in the Dove Cottage tea rooms. While you're in Grasmere, visit Wordsworth's…
The Aspect of Death Between William Wordsworth and Jane Austen
While I was reading William’s life history, I saw that his life started rough, his own mother died when he was at the age of eight after that becoming an orphan at the age of thirteen, these two events affects a person's life dearly and scars them throughout their lives, but it made him become a lover to literature, nature and writing poems.
William had a special relationships with his sister Dorothy, which made people believe that…
September 13, 2014
Comparing and Contrasting “The Chimney Sweeper” and “Three Years She Grew”
As Romantic writers of their time, both William Blake and William Wordsworth wrote about what they would experience in life, spirituality, and nature. Blake wrote more about life experiences, the innocence of children and the innocence found in nature while Wordsworth wrote more about nature’s ability to remove life and innocence and leave us broken but able to heal through our grief. Blake’s Songs of…
The Table Turned
Up! Up! My friend, and quit your books
Or surely you’ll grow double
Up! Up! My friend, and clear your looks
Why all these this toil and trouble
a. It is completely against neoclassical. Because, according to the neoclassical poet, the only pleasure is reading book. They say that literature teaches us good and virtue, give examples of what hero did in his life and gives us models to follow. Meaning we are actually taught by books
In the poem, "The Prelude", William Wordworth is introduced with different aspects of the world. The speakers talks about the nature and the natural change. The way he looks at nature, he writes down on his poem and his experience. Were he uses diction, tone, and a lot of imagery.
In the beginning of the poem (lines 1-20), the speaker is exploring nature, he uses a lot of imagery on this explaining everything that it makes it so vivid. He also uses personification when speaking…
LEAP English 1302
April 17, 2013
The Father of the Romantic Period, William Wordsworth, once said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” In the Romantic Period poets such as William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe, and Wordsworth himself, penned about his/her love for a certain person or object. Wordsworth’s love for nature greatly influenced his poetry. In his poem “I Wandered Lonely as a…
William Wordsworth came to be known as a riveting, ground-breaking trend-setter of poetry during the Romantic Period in the late seventeen and early eighteen hundreds. His close friend and fellow historical poet of the age, Samuel Taylor Coleridge referred to some of his work as “signs of genius”. (Greenbalt, William Wordsworth, p.1533) He lost his mother and then later his father during his youth. Growing up with his brothers in an English boarding school, Wordsworth was exposed to many childhood…
William Wordsworth was a poet from the Romantic Era whose philosophy on life was directly
related to his personal experiences with nature. The theme of nature plays an important role in his
poetry and in “Expostulation and Reply”, he instills the idea in his reader that there exists a vast source
of unbounded knowledge in the natural world that can provide us with an intuition and insight not
normally found through conventional sources. The poem, “The Tables Turned”, is a companion poem
William Wordsworth was a major Romantic poet, based in the Lake District, England. His poems
are frequently inspired by the beauty of nature and he is known as one of the greatest English
poets. On April 7, 1770, William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England.
Wordsworth's mother died when he was eight--this experience shapes much of his later work.
Wordsworth attended Hawkshead Grammar School, where his love of poetry was firmly
established and, it is believed, he made his first…
Close Reading: Lines Written in Early Spring
By: William Wordsworth
Due Date: 2/18/14
In this poem Wordsworth is sitting admiring nature, while also looking at nature almost in a jealous point of view. It almost seems as if Wordsworth believes that man doesn’t seem to be considered nature, but an intruder interrupting its beauty. Wordsworth also seems to be stating that nature gifted the soul to man. Although this is a beautiful thing nature has done…