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Klimantova 3Yulia KlimantovaProfessor FischerEnglish 102: Composition14 October 2014The Power of AppreciationIdentity and relationships are very important parts of humans' life. All people have some identity and different kinds of relationships. Since ancient times, people had used poetry to describe and explain their identity and relationships with somebody or with something. William Wordsworth in his poem "My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold" and Steven Fischer in his story "Father of the Man" give the readers an idea about different kinds of identities and relationships and how they affect people.In a short poem "My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold" by William Wordsworth, the author is talking about relationship between man and nature, about an importance of time and humans identities. Wordsworth loves nature so much that he would rather die than lose the ability to feel joy at the sight of a rainbow: /"My heart leaps up when I behold/ A rainbow in the sky (Lines1-2)." He's loved nature since he was born and wants to keeping loving it until he dies; / "So was it when my life began; / So is it now I am a man / (Lines 3-4)." He views nature as a way to tie together every day of his life in peace and in joy. The author, also, tells about passing time, mostly in the form of aging. He shows his entire lifespan in this poem, from his birth to his conjectures about his death: "/So was it when my life began; / So is it now I am a man; / (Lines 3-4)." Even though he's getting older; he's still young in his appreciation of nature. Also, Wordsworth has interesting ideas about the influence of childhood on the rest of his life, and he places a big importance on staying young at heart: /"The Child is father of the Man/ (Line 7)." Every man was once a child, so in a way, all men father themselves. Time changes many things, but that child is still inside somewhere, possibly coming out to play when a rainbow appears in the sky. The next important thing in this poem is identity. Even Nature is an important part of a human's identity. The speaker shows the reader a moment: he sees a rainbow, and his heart leaps up. Then he uses that moment to establish his identity, from when he was born to what he wants to...

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