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British Literature Analysis: William Wordsworth
An analysis of some British literature from William Wordsworth.
In another poem 'she dwelt among the untrodden ways' Wordsworth puts his focus solely on nature. His description of where this girl is living becomes painted vividly in you mind because he pours himself into the paper. You can picture a girl when the lines about a girl dwelling along the sides of a spring are stated. When he says that she was a violent by a mossy stone you can see a beautiful girl sitting upon a mossy stone. Though the poem is set in an uplifting mood there are a few time where Wordsworth puts in sobering statements. One of these is that people do not care or praise Mother Nature, or a girl, as she sits by the stream. In the end he says that she is in her grave and that no besides him care that she has left her spot among the stream.
As for these lines I have never heard them or at least I can not recall ever having heard them. When I tried to research the usage of these lines I was unsuccessful but after reading them numerously, I can see the usefulness in them. Generally speaking Wordsworth puts a lot of passion into his poems so any poem would be good for any situation. This section is supposed to be popular and well known but I am not so sure. There is a lot of power put into this poem and a lot of meaningful statements as well.
This section appears that it would be useful when it comes to a funeral or some other situation in that regard. It appears to me that this poem is dealing with the lost of someone and the poem is a great way of dealing with the loss of someone. We will not grieve, rather find strength in what remains behind is simply powerful. These lines show that the grieving people will move on bout not without remembering the person that is gone.
Another great line in the poem is that there are soothing thoughts that spring out of human suffering. It is not saying that suffering is good but it is also not saying that suffering is bad either. Out of pain good can come out of it because you can remember the great times that you had with the person. A funeral is a place where grieving people can gather together so that they can remember the loss of a friend.
Aside from a funeral and possible tweaked for a wedding I can not see the use of this poem for anything else. Besides tweaking it for a wedding I do not think that there is any other way to make these words work for another statement. There is a lot of power in these words but I think they can only work when used in the right context or situation. One thing that people could have done is use specific phrases in this section because individual lines have the option of working in other situations. None the less though these lines are powerful and can have an impactful meaning at any funeral.
Simply put this poem is about the material world that is surrounding Wordsworth, but there is more, deeper within the poem. On the surface Wordsworth is blasting the material cynicism of his time. He states in the second line that people are getting and spending, laying waste to their powers. What is worse for Wordsworth is that people are paying little to no attention to the world of nature that surrounds them. All this reflects that humanity must get in touch with nature in order to progress spiritually. So this poem encompasses the material drive of the world and how it needs to get back to spirituality.
Wordsworth is suggesting that other people have materialism on their minds and they are losing focus on what is really important. Nature is what is more important and rather than focusing on nature people are just abusing the world. Wordsworth calls out to God that he would rather be a pagan than to be absorbed into the world. For him being absorbed into nature is much more fulfilling and he would rather be watching nature and listening to King Triton blow his conch. For Wordsworth people need to turn from their material desires and turn back to Mother Nature and spirituality.