This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Fear Of Mortality (A Response To Wordsworth’s Poetry Themes)

972 words - 4 pages

William Wordsworth rejected all the traditional assumptions about the proper style, words, and subject matter for a poem during the Romanics period. When explaining his writing Wordsworth said, “There will be found in these volumes little of what is usually called poetry diction; I have taken as much pains to avoid it as others ordinarily take to produce it.” (Marshall) Because he took such a different approach to his writing, many people criticized his poems. Literary critic Harold Bloom said, “The fear of mortality haunts much of Wordsworth’s best poetry, especially in regard to the premature mortality of the Imagination and the loss of its creative joy.” Wordsworth does in fact express ...view middle of the document...

” (Lines 3-6) These words basically say that our imaginations are stagnant, or not developing or making progress. We are no longer happy anymore even though we may have everything we want. During this time, Wordsworth became alarmed as he realized that people around him were becoming absorbed in trivial entertainment, including shallow literature, while neglecting the great classics of Shakespeare and Milton. He longed to see people who were not afraid to stand up for what they believed in. (Notari)
Also, The Prelude also explains the fear of mortality Wordsworth has in his writing. This poem is about the French Revolution. In the early days, he was optimistic because the country seemed like it was on the verge of achieving freedom. Soon after though, a violent turn took place known as the Reign of Terror, washing away all of Wordsworth’s hope of peace. This decline of the resolution was similar to losing imagination. In the poem it states, “For one of conquest, losing sight of all which they had struggled for: now mounted up, openly in the eye of earth and heaven, the scale of liberty.” (Lines 43-46) In this work, he demonstrates his lack of hope in a positive outcome in the war. In it, Wordsworth is essentially concerned with human nature, with aspects of consciousness and being that are still relevant to our modern interest and predicaments. The Prelude presents the poet in the quest for his identity. (Rush)
Finally, in the poem Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey there is also many references made showing Wordsworth dread of death. In this specific works he emphasizes to remember the good times in life, “The time is past and all its aching joys are now no more and all its dizzy raptures.” (Lines 83-85) These lines specifically show Wordsworth longing for the past memories and disappointment of the...

Find Another Essay On The Fear of Mortality (A response to Wordsworth’s poetry themes)

Conflicting Themes in The Poetry of W. B. Yeats

1447 words - 6 pages In analysing the poetry of W.B. Yeats, I have come to understand the multiple conflicting themes and positions he presents in his poetry. However, my understanding has been influenced most by Yeats’s exploration of key conflicts in ageing along with political anarchy. These are conveyed respectively in the poems “Wild Swans at Coole” (1916) and “Leda and the Swan” (1923), using the central symbol of the swan. In “Wild Swans at Coole”, Yeats

A Fear of the Ocean Essay

1305 words - 5 pages Amy Jo JohnsonProfessor David Tomas MartinezEnglish 1301July 28, 2014A Fear of the OceanEarly this morning, his alarm is the one that woke us up. Usually, my alarm is the one to let me know that it is time to get up and get ready for school. Today is Sunday though, and the wave report is showing a prediction of good conditions at Surfside. So, his plan is to wake up before sunrise, go pick up Trey, and hit the beach. I have plenty of homework

Bob Dylan Poetry Assignment: Make a list of the works to the author, write about their life, analyse one of their works, write about the themes they use and distinctive qualities of the works

1223 words - 5 pages some milkOr else go home""this is another sex portrayal and the milk is a symbol of semen,Themes of Bob Dylan's Lyrics.The lyrics to Bob Dylan's songs in his early career where often based on moving on and a restless feeling that he seemed to have. Whilst Dylan often sang other peoples songs in his early career his is best known as a peerless songwriter and poet.Distinctive qualities, techniques and styles of his workIn Bob's songs you get insight

The Plague: A Great Mortality

944 words - 4 pages When the black death mysteriously and suddenly hit Europe, it spread at an unbelievable speed leaving almost no city untouched. The citizens of fourteenth century Europe were unsure of how to cope with half the population being wiped out in such a short time span. What had caused this “great mortality”? Who was really to blame for their suffering? How were they to overcome it? While being overwhelmed with sickness and a number of dilemmas

Alex Nelson’s Poetry Explanation on Wordsworth’s poem Wandered As Lonely As A Cloud

801 words - 3 pages "I gazed-and gazed-but little thought" Alex Nelson’s Poetry Explanation on Wordsworth’s poem "I Wandered As Lonely As A Cloud" Imagine walking through a field in early summer, around an aqua blue lake that is in the shape of a giant egg. You discover a field of daffodils that is flowing in motion like a grand "dance" full of elegance. This area is full of sublime that can only be fully appreciated by a poet

Adrienne Rich's "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" "Write a poetry response outlining the language and imagery of the text"

800 words - 3 pages "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" is a vexing poem, which centres on desires, and the depressingly harsh realities of Aunt Jennifer's existence, using sharp contrasts between the tigers that she sews, and herself. The tigers that she stitches appear to be everything that she's not- bold and valiant, not fearing anyone. Their actions are smooth, uninhibited and robust. Aunt Jennifer, on the other hand, has great trouble even making the tiger adorned

A Comparison of Blake and Wordsworth’s view of London

1096 words - 4 pages A Comparison of Blake and Wordsworth’s view of London ========================================================== William Wordsworth and William Blake both wrote popular poems about London, but their views of it were very different, this could be because of the way they grew up. Blake was brought up in the city and saw the more poverty-driven and polluted side to London whereas Wordsworth writes about the beauty and

The Death of Humanity: A Response to Michael Levin’s Article,

1565 words - 7 pages , we ourselves are becoming terrorists in an attempt to try and prevent terrorism against the country. Levin’s article which was published in 1982 was echoed in a much more recent past, for during the war on terrorism after the attacks of 9/11, both terrorism and torture came to the front lines of the news media. The people of the United States were furious at the attacks of 9/11 many people found themselves driven by fear and anger and immediate

Boccioni, A response to the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Sculpture

652 words - 3 pages Technical Manifesto of Futurist SculptureUmberto BoccioniIn his writings, Boccioni claims that you cannot separate a subject from its surroundings, that artists must move beyond the influence of classical styles to be successful and that movement must be shown without trajectory. Only by achieving these things, he believes, can art be truly valid and not, as he says, a "lamentable spectacle of barbarism and lumpishness"Boccioni says: "no one can

Response to Robert Frost's "Education by poetry"

663 words - 3 pages cynically says, “the devil can quote Scripture.”As a conclusion, we live in the world built upon metaphor, the world full of metaphors whether they are good or bad. Hence, to correctly comprehend metaphor is to correctly comprehend the world around us and to ensure our safety. After all, no matter where and how you live, we have to learn metaphors mounted with poetry.Bibliography-Probert Frost “Education by poetry”

The Right to have a Gun because of the Power of Fear

700 words - 3 pages . The NRA scares Americans by threatening them with the fear that the government wants the police to be their protection, not guns. It seems as if our government is rearranging our rights to have a police force protect us instead of we the people protection ourselves, our home and our property. The NRA uses the Second Amendment our founding fathers gave us and Money to monopolize the gun control debate. In every debate with this organization they

Similar Essays

A Literary Analysis Of The Three Themes In William Wordsworth’s The World Is Too Much With Us

916 words - 4 pages matter. The Bible states that we are to not be of the world, and thus not have worldly objects controlling our lives, as it states in the book of John, Chapter 17:16, “They are not of the world, as I am not of the world.” This theme agrees with William Wordsworth’s poem, The World is too much with us. In this poem The World is too much with us; Wordsworth makes three themes including the following: we care too much about worldly things, we only

T.S Eliot An Personal Response To The Poetry Of Eliot

1378 words - 6 pages What intrigues me most about the poems of T.S Eliot is the subtle delicateness of his writing and yet it is delivered with amazing strength and profound depth.In certain poems, I felt that Eliot wrote in a rather impersonal, detached dry tone. However a lot of his poetic lines are brimming with attitude. His general tone is quite understated. However this only serves to sharpen the impact on the reader's feelings. I felt his poetry was a type of

Childhood Mortality: Happy Fifth Birthday, And A Toast To The Rest Of A Better Life

1746 words - 7 pages from getting the medicine they need to survive in these vital early years. Not enough nutrition however is a very common role worldwide when dabbling in the subject of child mortality. Malnutrition can be found here in the US, all the way to places as small and remote as Australia. However you will find it more commonly in people who are considered in poverty. In all of the leading and most common causes of child fatality before the age of five you

The Crucible Themes Of Fear, Guilt And Revenge

514 words - 2 pages In life, emotions can act as motivators for courses of action, particularly the feelings of fear, guilt and revenge. Arthur Miller's play The Crucible shows these themes put to use on a number of occasions. The play's numerous characters and relationships provide a plethora of examples where the themes are employed. It is through their actions that their emotions and motives are revealed, aiding us in understanding the measures they've