Analysis of William Wordsworth's Poem We Are Seven
William Wordsworth’s poem, We are Seven, is about a person talking to a young girl about her and her six siblings. Throughout the poem, the narrator gave the young girl a very difficult time when she persisted that simply because not all seven children were home together, or alive, they were still seven. The narrator was giving the young girl a hard time because he wanted her to remember and understand that just because she and her siblings are separated does not make them any less siblings.
Wordsworth says that two of the seven siblings are at Conway. In what way would two siblings being far from home make them be considered not siblings? Would that not be like saying to a child still in grade school that an older sibling who is at college is not really his or her sibling anymore? The narrator questions, “You say that two at Conway dwell, /And two are gone to sea, / Yet ye are seven! I pray you tell, / Sweet Maid, how this may be (Lines 25-28)?” This young girl responds, “Seven boys and girls are we; (line 30)”.
In the majority of the poem, the narrator wants to know how the siblings in this family are still seven if two of the seven have passed away. In the poem, the little girl says, “Two of us in the church-yard lie, / My sister and my brother; (Lines 21-22).” Insisting that they are still seven, the young girl shows a lot of grace and mature understanding. This is the majority of the poem because the narrator thinks it is most important that the young girl understands she has still has five siblings, despite two of them have passed and, “their graves are green, they may be seen (Line 37).” The girl is only eight years of age and she understands that her deceased siblings are still her siblings even though they are not still living. Making sure she understands she still has five siblings is exactly what the narrator’s goal is, but the narrator is pretending to believe they are only five. The narrator reinforces his “belief” in lines 35-36: “If two are in the church-yard laid,/ Then ye...