William Wordsworth and Robert Frost - Views on nature.

William Wordsworth and Robert Frost - Views on nature.

To many people Nature is something of little thought, but when we take

time to "stand back" and acknowledge it we can actually see its

beauty. Until now a meadow or a tree in a forest to me, was little

more than something of everyday life. Now having come to realise the

power and force it has upon mans emotions and actions, I realised the

thoughts of other people when studying the work of William Wordsworth

and Robert Frost. Both poets see Nature in different ways although

there are some aspects of the subject which are clearly the same. This

view is such a vast subject which is an always changing thing. From

the changing seasons to the day- to- day weather Nature never ceases

to amaze.

For both poets Nature brings the same thing, yet in very different

ways. For Robert Frost, the simple scene of a wood (forest) filling

slowly up with snow. As for Wordsworth the scene is very much a more

vibrant picture as he describes the daffodils in their 'sprightly

dance'. To you or me, to see these things is just something that

happens and we don't notice it. In today's society such events are not

even acknowledged, and there fore people don't normally take the time

to experience the occasion. We realise that both Wordsworth and Frost

where alone as Wordsworth states 'I wandered lonely' and Frost


'Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;'

Both quotes indicate a sense of loneliness and isolation. Frost looks

very deep into Nature as does Wordsworth. Frost sees an escape from

life, and Wordsworth sees an escape from feeling down and 'pensive'.

For Wordsworth his encounter with Nature gives him a constant thought


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...nd company' we see a sense of communion here. The use of

onomatopoeia makes both poems more homely. 'Fluttering' the delicate

movement of the flower. 'Gazed' long sound to emphasise his movement.

'Glance' a swift sound to indicate a quick look. 'Sprightly' energetic

and lively sounding. 'Bliss' relaxing sounding. In 'stopping by woods'

Frost uses the word 'sweep' to give the soft feeling of how the snow

drifts through the trees. 'Downy' indicates again how the flakes

slowly drifted down. The word 'down' could refer to the movement of

duck down as it falls to the ground. The phrase 'sounds the sweep'

make me think of how the wind whispered through the trees carrying the

snow. 'sounds the sweep' is also a perfect example of assonance and

soft alliteration.

There are a few more points I would like to add to this essay after

the first draft has been marked.
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