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The Desolate Housewife Essay

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The Desolate Housewife
In the Elegy “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways”, William Wordsworth tells the audience about a woman named Lucy who lived in isolation and died a lonely death. This poem is one of a series of five by Wordsworth all centered on what is assumed to be a fictional character by the name of Lucy. In all 5 however he writes about this character as if her death caused him serious anguish. In the poem Wordsworth uses figurative language, various vowel frequencies, and the unique speaking apparatus of humans to produce different moods and tones throughout the poem.
Wordsworth starts off the three stanza poem by describing where an unnamed woman lives in the first two lines. ...view middle of the document...

He also insures that we know that she lived alone.
She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!
He also lets us know again that he was one of the few if not the only person that actually cared about the life of this woman by the name of Lucy.
In “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways” Wordsworth uses different vowel frequencies throughout to indicate the mood of a specific line. A higher vowel frequency is seen as a tone of excitement or speed opposed to a lower vowel frequency which is much slower and can be seen as a somber tone or mood. In every line that is perceived to be happy or has an exclamation point the average vowel frequency is higher in comparison to lines that are perceived as somber which have lower vowel frequencies. For example in the lines “Half hidden from the eye!” and “The difference to me!” which both have exclamation points the average vowel frequencies are respectively 11.6 and 10.75. Furthermore in the...

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