Step 1: The tone of this poem is mostly anger combined with a sense of sarcasm. Woodsworth continuously castigated humans on continuously putting their energy and interests into material things. He sarcastically exclaimed that he would rather be a Pagan suckled in creed watching Proteus rising from the sea and her Triton blowing on his conch shell than be in a world of people that he was ashamed of. Woodsworth seemed to want fresh perspective of nature while watching all the ungrateful people of the world be held in a wrath for their fixation on materialism. Woodsworth used first person plural in the first eight lines of the poem while he then transitioned into first person singular. He utilized “we, us, and our” to make it known that humans, even himself, need to pay more attention towards what the world has for us. The transition from “we” to “I” helped to parallel the effect of the poem from becoming preach-like since he probably deserved some blame. Most of the lines were written in iambic pentameter. Each pair consisted of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable which were displayed in lines 5 and 6. Wordsworth's sonnet is of the Petrarchan variety and there are also several types of beats that give the poem a sense of variation. There was also metaphor, simile, and alliteration involved in the poem. Alliteration was used when he made the sea sound as if it were a human (“bares her bosom”). He then compared a musical instrument as humanity for he felt that humanity was beginning to be in less unison with nature which ties into metaphor. The seventh line of the poem brought in simile as he used “like” to make the comparison of the winds being up-gathered like sleeping flowers. The ultimate them of this poem is t... ... middle of paper ... ...ng to die. Woodsworth proved a valid point by stating that people “see little in Nature” while they “we waste our powers”. His only request was to see more people less alienated form from what Mother Nature has to offer. Step 3: Woodsworth embodies the image of an environmentalist as he conveyed a liking of nature rather than the creations of mankind. His poem grieves at the loss of nature in society. Modern Society is so caught up in “getting and spending” money in business and enterprises that it ignores all the glory and pristine within nature. This theme remains as an important theme in the world today as people are held up with worldwide affairs pertaining to money that it disables one’s ability to come across what really matters. Humanity’s fixation on material substances has been a problem in the past and will continue to be a problem for generations to come.
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Henry Thoreau’s relationship to nature underwent many changes throughout the course of his life. He especially made a much discussed shift from Emersonian Transcendentalism, to scientific data collection. Thoreau followed varied paths on his quest to understand the world in which he lived. As he grew older he managed to amass a huge collection of information about the plants and animals in the Concord region of Massachusetts. But his greatest contribution to the world is not his scientific research; rather it is the example of respect and thoughtfulness with which he approached nature. This individualistic and spiritual approach to nature differentiates him from modern day ecologists. Thoreau’s quest was to understand better and appreciate nature as a whole and the greater role it plays in connection to all things. Not only did he succeed in doing so, but he has also inspired his readers to question, observe, and appreciate the natural world. His thoughts on nature are recognized today as precursors of the conservation movement and also inspiration for the creation of national parks. Thoreau’s approach to nature varied throughout his life, but his purpose did not. His myriad approach to his work is exactly what brought about his success, and sets him apart from other nature writers and ecologists who share his quest.
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When thinking about nature, Hans Christian Andersen wrote, “Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” John Muir and William Wordsworth both expressed through their writings that nature brought them great joy and satisfaction, as it did Andersen. Each author’s text conveyed very similar messages and represented similar experiences but, the writing style and wording used were significantly different. Wordsworth and Muir express their positive and emotional relationships with nature using diction and imagery.
In the poem, the author uses structure of the sonnet as well as patterns and rhyme to join the external form of the Petrarchan sonnet with the theme and tone. Brook's poem does not exactly follow the pattern we are used to which makes the reader follow every line closely for examination. Using a structured rhyme pattern to describe such a serious tone gives the sonnet a punchy feeling, simulating violence or pinch of strings in violin. Words like string, sing, hate, late, note, wrote, space, grace and many others all rhyme only using the last syllable, making them masculine. Also it draws attention to the ends of the lines which (the first four) she all ends with words related to music, furthering the theme of the poem. She also uses Petrarchan sonnet scheme to give the poem a lyrical quality emphasizing one of the themes of musical instruments in it. Finally, the poem is full of symbolism and imagery creating a strong connection between the way it is written and the message it carries.
From the lone hiker on the Appalachian Trail to the environmental lobby groups in Washington D.C., nature evokes strong feelings in each and every one of us. We often struggle with and are ultimately shaped by our relationship with nature. The relationship we forge with nature reflects our fundamental beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. The works of timeless authors, including Henry David Thoreau and Annie Dillard, are centered around their relationship to nature.
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. William Wordsworth has been to this place and it was the subject of his poem "I Wandered As Lonely As A Cloud.” He entered a state of tranquility when he visited here and writes this proficient piece of poetry when he has recollections about the daffodils. This poem questions the actual connection of man with nature. This essay will look into the figurative language, tone, theme, and imagery to discuss how the crisis of the speaker when he realizes that he cannot sustain the exalted feeling of looking out at the flowers. It will also look into the resolution, the memory, and the recollection.
"Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal [but] which the reader recognizes as his own." (Salvatore Quasimodo). There is something about the human spirit that causes us to rejoice in shared experience. We can connect on a deep level with our fellow man when we believe that somehow someone else understands us as they relate their own joys and hardships; and perhaps nowhere better is this relationship expressed than in that of the poet and his reader. For the current assignment I had the privilege (and challenge) of writing an imitation of William Shakespeare’s "Sonnet 87". This poem touched a place in my heart because I have actually given this sonnet to someone before as it then communicated my thoughts and feelings far better than I could. For this reason, Sonnet 87 was an easy choice for this project, although not quite so easy an undertaking as I endeavored to match Shakespeare’s structure and bring out his themes through similar word choice.
The main element of “Why I Went to the Woods” is nature and to live without distractions. In order for Thoreau to be able to do this, he went into the woods to be one with nature to make sure he was not missing what was really important. Thoreau presents his point by stating, “I wanted to live deep and suck out the marrow of life, to live so sturdily” (Thoreau 579). Thoreau wanted to live deep within nature, to take in all nature has to offer, and to get a deeper understanding of his own life. We all have an opportunity to have the same tranquility as Thoreau. Nature is one of the greatest gifts that is given to us freely. We could all have a deeper fulfillment by consuming the same peacefulness in our own mind and souls that Thoreau had. The society we live in today is complex and very dependent, opposite of the life that Thoreau had wanted to live. You do not need to have material items to have a fulfilled life, but a fulfilled spirit. We as a society have become greedy and selfish
He explains how nature has never betrayed his heart and that is why he has lived a life full of joy. Therefore, he wishes her sister to indulge the nature and be a part of it. That way, she will be able to enjoy and understand life and conquer the displeasure of living in a cruel human society. When she feels sad or lonely, he wants her to remember what he told her about nature because he believes that if his sister where to recall him, he will gain eternal life. The idea of “Lines composed of a few miles above Tintern Abbey” expresses Wordsworth sensational admiration for nature and feels a deep power of delight in natural things. He exclaims how at moment of sadness, he turns to the nature for peace of mind and inspiration. As he becomes serious about the nature, it gives him courage and spirit enough to stand there with a sense of delight and pleasure. He lets the reader know that even though his boyish days are gone, he doesn’t ponder on it or mourn for its loss. He has simply gained something in return; looking at nature, not in thoughtless ways but seeing its true meaning and beauty; hearing the sad music of
...e cannot be destroyed, unlike Wordsworth, who has lost all hope in reviving nature. Hopkins also believes that the Christian God is great, whereas Wordsworth scorns the Christian God and wishes that society would believe in pagan gods instead. These beliefs are drastically different due to Hopkins’ optimism for the future of humanity and Wordsworth’s pessimism. While Wordsworth is “forlorn” (12), Hopkins believes that “nature is never spent” (9). Even though man has “trod” (5) all over nature and exploited it for man’s own economic gain, Hopkins believes that there is always “freshness” (10) within everything that will burst to life once more with “bright wings” (14). The only way to truly be in harmony with nature is to accept it for what it is and to try not to have an optimistic or pessimistic view about it – instead, one should view the results in due course.
Moreover, searching for the different mechanics in each of these poems makes it easier for the reader to analysis and interpret them. To begin, in “The World is Too Much with Us” the way the punctuation is fit into the poem is different since there are many semicolons between each line and one period suggesting that the poem is actually one long sentence. Then I believe the speaker to be someone who acknowledges that he too has lost connection with nature since he’s been preoccupied with other things in the world. This is proven throughout the whole poem since he talks in first person using the word “I.” The tone of this poem is angry, frustrated, and dissatisfied because of how the world has changed. The rhyme scheme is also another appealing mechanic here too since Wordsworth only uses fou...
Over the past a hundred years, the people on this earth had been slowly killing nature. Nature is where they come from, and where all happiness truly exsists. Robert Frost was aware of this problem and wrote of nature in his poems to help people realize how important it is in their own lives. Slowly the people have tried to make an effort to save nature, and it is all because of the great experiences they have had with nature. Without nature there would be no peace, science, or beauty in the world. Today there is multiple people who work along with nature and have made a huge influence on how people will treat the earth in the future. Through all the hard work of people like Frost, and modern day people, the earth will be preserved for the future generations to experience nature in the ways of their ancestors.
In William Wordsworth’s poems, the role of nature plays a more reassuring and pivotal r ole within them. To Wordsworth’s poetry, interacting with nature represents the forces of the natural world. Throughout the three poems, Resolution and Independence, Tintern Abbey, and Michael, which will be discussed in this essay, nature is seen prominently as an everlasting- individual figure, which gives his audience as well as Wordsworth, himself, a sense of console. In all three poems, Wordsworth views nature and human beings as complementary elements of a sum of a whole, recognizing that humans are a sum of nature. Therefore, looking at the world as a soothing being of which he is a part of, Wordsworth looks at nature and sees the benevolence of the divinity aspects behind them. For Wordsworth, the world itself, in all its glory, can be a place of suffering, which surely occurs within the world; Wordsworth is still comforted with the belief that all things happen by the hands of the divinity and the just and divine order of nature, itself.