It Is A Beauteous Evening Cam And Free Summary

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“Listen!”: Finding the Divine in “It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free” While William Wordsworth was engaged to Mary Hutchinson, he journeyed to France to meet his daughter, Caroline, for the first time. That visit with her and her mother, Annette Vallon, inspired his poem “It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free.” This poem addresses how divinity can be seen and confirmed in an earthly world. Wordsworth uses his understanding of the beauty of nature to confirm God’s existence. He attributes the nature of the sea and the sun and the waves to a mighty Being while including his daughter as another reason of the divine. He sees children as being closer to heaven, to God and, therefore, exempt from needing to see divinity in nature since they have their own connection to the divine. The structure of the poem sets up Wordsworth’s arguments that nature and children are two separate entities inexplicably linked to divinity. It is written in the form of an Italian sonnet, which…show more content…
In the final part of the sonnet Wordsworth comments on the lack of “solemn thought” by the girl he walks with (10). The solemn or religious thought that Wordsworth has been contemplating does not appear to have touched the girl. However, Wordsworth claims that this does not make “thy nature” any “less divine” (11). The use of the word “thy” makes reference to the actual nature scene in front of them not losing divinity due to her lack of solemnity, while also claiming that her very own nature has not become “less divine” (11). Wordsworth makes a case that children intuitively have a close relationship with the divine by claiming she lies in “Abraham’s boson all the year” (12). Abraham’s bosom most likely refers to Luke 16:22, making it a reference to heaven. Therefore, Wordsworth claims that she (and children like her) already have a close relationship to the divine and do not need to find it in

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