William Wordsworth Analysis

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The Nature of William Wordsworth William Wordsworth’s contributions to literature have been instrumental to the development of what poetry is today. One of his most popular contributions was a poem in the Lyrical Ballads called “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”. This poem embodied the spirit of the Romantic Era. While many draw different thoughts and images when reading this poem, there is an underlying tone when describing nature. Analyzing the stanzas will unveil the true spiritual intent and beauty of the poem. William Wordsworth was born in April 7, 1770 in the United Kingdom. Throughout his lifetime he wrote literary works that involved political views and opinions to shape the masses. As he started to peak, he found his voice within this…show more content…
The body of water, that may represent life, are outdone by the daffodils, Wordsworth’s remarkable company. Wordsworth then states how he cannot be happy in comparison to the “Daffodils”. Wordsworth starts to close his journey with his sentiments on the value of the sight that he saw or experienced. Finally, the Wordsworth ends the poem by creating the imagery of a reminiscent thought. Wordsworth reviews the image that was created within his mind. He then restates how happy he was to see such a spectacular sight. The final sentence of the poem closes out with “And dances with the daffodils” (Wordsworth). The ending of the stanza implies that a portion of the journey has remained with him. The final segment represents Romanticism very well because nature is teaching the journeyman about its beauty. If the poem was interpreted literally, nature would only be viewed for the physical beauty that it holds. This thought process would make sense if it were written in the classical era of literature. However, Wordsworth combined portions of romanticism and the classical ideals, creates poetry that satisfied both parties. Romanticism valued inner beauty over physical beauty because it emphasized individualism and self. Imperfections were valued over perfection because perfection doesn’t have character and…show more content…
Wordsworth embodied all the characteristics of the changing thoughts of romanticism within a four stanza poem. He also left enough room for interpretation to satisfy those that didn’t completely agree with the new movement. The poem itself was layered with symbolism that allows the readers to correlate the poem to situations in daily life. Finally, Wordsworth makes many references that suggest there is a subplot within the poem itself. By making nature the key teacher, it gives life and opens possibilities to the reader that may not have initially viewed nature as a living
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