Death of Imagination

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“Wordsworth's poetic inspiration continued with little abatement for a dozen years; but about 1815, as he himself states in his fine but pathetic poem 'Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendour,' it for the most part abandoned him. He continued, however, to produce a great deal of verse, most of which his admirers would much prefer to have had unwritten,” states Fletcher. One of Wordsworth’s most written about subjects is the death of imagination as we grow older; he relates this in his poems Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, The Prelude, The World is too much With us, and London, 1802. The poem Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey talks about the fear of death of imagination. “The author tries to bring back the feeling of a countryside that he had visited five years before.” explains Station. He talks about how as we become old and start to have more responsibility, we start to forget what it’s like to be a kid. We lose our imagination and ability to be care free. We are not as excited about things as we used to be. This story relates to Tintern Abbey in a sense that as we get older, we become spiritually destroyed. Over time Tintern become destroyed like our imagination. “The Prelude is an autobiographical poem but it is not only the poet’s personal confessions; it is an account of the growth of a poet’s mind.” quotes Goldberg. In it he tells the story of his life from his childhood up to 1798.He explains the stages of life, the first one being a careless child that has no responsibility. As a child passes each stage, they are having more responsibility, and less freedom. He explains how an adult’s mind changes as they age. This statement could also relate to the revolutionary as referenced ... ... middle of paper ... ...le without becoming jaded? Works Cited Duncan, Tom. "Wordsworth's Poetry: London, 1802." Sparknotes. N.p., 2013. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. . Fletcher, Robert Huntington. "William Wordsworth." About. N.p., 2010. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. . Goldberg, R. "The Prelude: An Analysis." Bachelor and Master. N.p., 2009. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. . Phillips, Brian. "The World Is Too Much With Us: Analysis." Sparknotes. N.p., 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. . Station, Delmar. "Analysis of Tintern Abbey." Online Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. .
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