Not a broken bough Droop's with its wither'd leaves, ungracious sign Of devastation,but the hazels rose Tall and erect, with milk-white clusters hung, A virgin scene! By using blank verse the subject of the poem is elevated, showing its importance. Here, the narrator remains amongst the beauties of the scene, perhaps due to their overwhelming qualities. A feast for the senses, vivid visual imagery. Sponsored Links ---------------------It seems a day I speak of one from many singled out One of those heavenly days that cannot die; When, in the eagerness of boyish hope, I left our cottage-threshold, sallying forth With a huge wallet o'er my shoulders slung, A nutting-crook in hand; and turned my steps Tow'rd some far-distant wood, a Figure quaint, Tricked out in proud disguise of cast-off weeds Which for that service had been husbanded, By exhortation of my frugal Dame-- Motley accoutrement, of power to smile At thorns, and brakes, and brambles,--and, in truth, More ragged than need was! With these new innovations, Wordsworth was convinced that people would stop appreciating nature while allowing technology to run their lives. Addressing a young girl, most likely his sister, he writes to poem as a warning of what happens within oneself when one does not fully appreciate nature. William had an older brother and two younger brothers. Abruptly the speaker breaks away to ponder about some beauties, and he tries to justify a reason for what he did that he regretted.
When employed with imagery and other techniques, such as alliteration, tone and the contrasting soft and harsh sounds, the poetic effects and meaning of the poem are further intensified. However this presentation is one of many, and should be in no way taken as the only interpretation. The parallels between this and Paradise Lost seem quite clear. And despite getting his treasure he is filled with guilt that overwhelms his pleasure. All manifestations of the natural world—from the highest mountain to the simplest flower—elicit noble, elevated thoughts and passionate emotions in the people who observe these manifestations. I definitely find the rewriting of Paradise Lost a valid interpretation, with the Edenic elements and the obvious fall. This lesson is emphasised by the use of 'spirit', marks a turn in enchantment.
A delicate balance, it returns the readers from a sense of shame to one of wise restraint, with the poet and his listeners finally understanding the respect required of them when dealing with nature. Wordsworth changed the style of English poetry. Apart from the fact they are unharmonious and overmoralistic, it seems dull and repetitive to have two people committing violence on nature, and two people learning the same lesson, and two people with violent, destructive natures potentially sexual? Wordsworth, lines 30-4 One notices how fascinatingly the poet describes the stream and the landscape is produced before the eyes of the reader in common man's language. And, although there are no monsters or goblins in sight, and the lesson is purely psychological, he learns like any young hero that treasure is not as easily taken as he had believed. In other words, Wordsworth's 'Nutting' provides one of the best illustrations of the originality of romantic language and poetic form of the Romantic poets… Download file to see previous pages The entire poem, especially the illustration of the child and its experiences, help the poet introduce the readers to the specific characteristics of Romantic language and style.
Referred to as a lone 'Figure' and described as 'quaint' - perhaps shows how narrator seems oddly placed on the landscape, doesn't belong there? The loss of a dear person leads those left behind into a downward spiral of emotions and memories. One could say that this perfection is lost forever. Violets are also mentioned in one of the Lucy poems: A violet by a mossy stone Half-hidden from the Eye! It is as though Wordsworth is showing that by nature being forgiving and benevolent he has learnt the lesson from the experience and discovered that 'there is a spirit in the woods'. Generally speaking, Pantheism is belief that God is all and all is God. Furthermore, the poet acknowledges the necessity of human contact with the natural - the poet and the maiden must touch the trees - but nonetheless calls us to be aware of fragility and avoid harm as much as possible. However, in reality, nature is not so idyllic - moss, often feeling damp and cold, would not be soft and warm like a sheep's wool; water would not sparkle or resemble the perfect images found in fairytales, but in the speaker's idyllic remembrance any negative thoughts or feelings he may have towards nature are left out.
He knows just how big nature is in his life. Then up I rose, And dragged to earth both branch and bough, with crash And merciless ravage: and the shady nook Of hazels, and the green and mossy bower, Deformed and sullied, patiently gave up Their quiet being: and, unless I now Confound my present feelings with the past; Ere from the mutilated bower I turned Exulting, rich beyond the wealth of kings, I felt a sense of pain when I beheld The silent trees, and saw the intruding sky. This poem, titled 'Nutting', describes the journey of the narrator through the woods whilst aiming to gather nuts and berries. The hero of this fable is also its monster. Posted on 2005-09-28 by Approved Guest. End of the ethereal and magical scene. Nutting doesn't sound Gothic, which makes it more realistic Wordsworth despised the Gothic genre , and yet he might have been influenced by the same things that influenced the Gothics Gray's Elegy in the Churchyard is one thing.
O'er pathless rocks, Through beds of matted fern, and tangled thickets, Forcing my way, I came to one dear nook Unvisited, where not a broken bough Drooped with its withered leaves, ungracious sign Of devastation; but the hazels rose Tall and erect, with tempting clusters hung, A virgin scene! Wordsworth's use of the metaphor 'fairy water-breaks', to describe the stream with its 'sparkling foam', paints a perfect magical picture; like something out of a fairy story. Yet there is a common element, a binding element — and one expressed most clearly in the poetry of William Wordsworth. The description of nature firstly as the young man wanders through the woods is somewhat harsh, it describes the 'thorns and brakes and brambles' the 'matted fern, and tangled thickets', almost as if it is protecting something which is not for man to see thereby giving the reader some sense of anticipation. Even single words in Romantic texts can be charged in a way we may not notice. Like Lucy, the violets are scarcely seen, and sheltered by the moss, and fade away.
In Hogg's Confession of a Sinner, it is not fully apparent whether the evil Satanic figure is the villain's repressed subconscious or a mythical figure. Religion is a fundamental social factor that provides the society with the guide of morality. At the end, there is a sense of regret, but the satisfied lust for power outweighs that for the most part. We can call it as a piece of work that provides the adoration of the poet towards nature in one perspective, on the other, we can see it as a poem reflecting the common life experience of a human being, yet an another view would be, exploring it as a work attacking the lack of proper treatment of nature. Noticeably, nature here is portrayed as calmer than the more visual and intense scenes in Coleridge's conversational poems; the excitement is all from the speaker, not the scene itself, unlike the moving torrents of water commoner in Coleridge. The poem was written during the period between 1798 and 1799.
In this poem, the maid is compared to 'a violet by a mossy stone' - this imagery is also found within Nutting, in the form of hidden violets 'The violets of five seasons re-appear And fade' and the stones 'fleeced with moss'. Ralph Pite reads this poem as implicitly offering a positive ecological outlook, cautiously suggesting rather than dogmatically asserting connections between the human and the natural. His poems are very well written and very beautiful. He loves nature and strives to educate all about the significance of nature conservation. The unknown scene is viewed with sensuous delight, a strange adjective for a peaceful woodland scene, when it would be more suited to perfume, or spices of the Orient, or a pretty girl, or something.
I like your new blog background. Reading this poem at face value we see the story of a boy going out to collect nuts, but Wordsworth cleverly uses the various techniques mentioned to create deeper meanings and feelings within the poem. However, at times it may get lonely to be single and out of any relationship. The boy is tempted by an Eden-like bower, where he experiences voluptuous bliss, and thinks he is in a fairyland of happiness and eternity. Then up I rose, And dragged to earth both branch and bough, with crash And merciless ravage: and the shady nook Of hazels, and the green and mossy bower, Deformed and sullied, patiently gave up Their quiet being: and, unless I now Confound my present feelings with the past; Ere from the mutilated bower I turned Exulting, rich beyond the wealth of kings, I felt a sense of pain when I beheld The silent trees, and saw the intruding sky-- Then, dearest Maiden, move along these shades In gentleness of heart; with gentle hand Touch--for there is a spirit in the woods.