William Wordsworth’s poem, We are Seven, is about a person talking to a young girl about her and her six siblings. Throughout the poem, the narrator gave the young girl a very difficult time when she persisted that simply because not all seven children were home together, or alive, they were still seven. The narrator was giving the young girl a hard time because he wanted her to remember and understand that just because she and her siblings are separated does not make them any less siblings.
Wordsworth says that two of the seven siblings are at Conway. In what way would two siblings being far from home make them be considered not siblings? Would that not be like saying to a child still in grade school that an older sibling who is at college is not really his or her sibling anymore? The narrator questions, “You say that two at Conway dwell, /And two are gone to sea, / Yet ye are seven! I pray you tell, / Sweet Maid, how this may be (Lines 25-28)?” This young girl responds, “Seven boys and girls are we; (line 30)”.
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