Wordsworth And Nature Essay

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Dalal Z JayyousiProfessor Samir M RammalThe Impulse of Pastoral on Society and LiteratureFall 2013Analysis of Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"William Wordsworth's "I wandered Lonely as a Cloud" is a well-known cheery lyric which focuses on the poet's perception of the beauty of nature. It was written in 1804 and it was first published in 1807 in Poems in Two Volumes. Wordsworth revised and republished the poem again in Collected Poems in 1815.This revised version has remained a classic which most people read today.I Wandered Lonely as a CloudI wandered lonely as a cloudThat floats on high o'er vales and hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host, of golden daffodils;Beside the lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.Continuous as the stars that shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretched in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.The waves beside them danced; but theyOut-did the sparkling waves in glee:A poet could not but be gay,In such a jocund company:I gazed-and gazed-but little thoughtWhat wealth the show to me had brought:For oft, when on my couch I lieIn vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the daffodils.Wordsworth (1770-1850) may be considered the Granddad of romantic poets. He is associated with "the early 19th century movement of Romanticism". (Shmoop Editorial Team). One could argue that the picturesque Lake District, where the poet lived had had a deep influence on his response to nature's beauty. In the preface to the second edition of Lyrical Ballads "1800", Wordsworth presents his definition of poetry:Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility : the emotion is contemplated till, by a species of reaction, the tranquility gradually disappears , and an emotion, kindred to that which was before the subject of contemplation, is gradually produced, and does itself actually exist in the mind.(Wordsworth and Coleridge, 1800).In my opinion, "I wandered alone as a Cloud" corresponds well with Wordsworth's definition of poetry. It deeply portrays the poet's interaction with nature in very plain language. The poem was inspired by an experience the poet had in company with his sister, Dorothy, on April 15, 1802. Typical of Wordsworth poetic style, the poem describes in ordinary everyday language how his loneliness is relieved by a field of daffodils. This experience is evident in Dorothy's journal in which she wrote, "But as we went along there were more & yet more & at last under the boughs of the trees, we saw that there was a long belt of them-daffodils- along the shore, about the breadth of a country turnpike road". (Dorothy's Journal. Online copy). Henceforth, this experience had influenced the poet's life and given him relief whenever bored or...

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