The Language of Literature - Sample Essay

Second, Strange Fits of Passion Have I known is a realization and visualization of fear in losing Lucy. The poem illustrates Wordsworths’ own experience in nature’s affect on man, and thus shows the international connection between humans and the natural world. This is a short ballad, in which Wordsworth describe s how he approaches his lover’s cottage, and fears for her safety as the moon gradually sinks. The descending and disappearing of the moon makes Wordsworth realize the possibility of losing Lucy, and this concept terrifies him.

Exclamation marks used in the last stanza is a result of the poet’s imagination, realization and visualization of Lucy’s death. His anxiety and fears is a result of no logical reason, as it is merely a feeling that nature gives him. He admits this strange feeling in the very beginning, hence the title “strange fits of passion have I known. ” The Prelude excerpted in Wikipedia Encyclopedia Third, The Prelude is full of his memories, youthful adventure and nature that mold him spiritually and feel free.

Wordsworth recalls, revives and recreates memories in this long poem. He describes his boyhood and reveals his enjoyments of being in the wild, alone, where he could “Range the open heights” In his youthful adventures he had the sense of “low breathings coming after me”, and could hear a “strange utterance” in the wind. This spiritual presence in nature forces him to reconsider some of his actions, like the stealing of the boat. Wordsworth feels that nature’s spiritual presence has given him lessons in morality.

Wordsworth realizes that nature has helped him mould him spiritually, “For this, didst thou, O Derwent… Make ceaseless music that composed my thoughts”. He shows gratitude to nature for what it has done for his spirit, as he says “Thanks to the means which nature designed to employ”. The poem shows how nature allows Wordsworth to feel free, “Free as a bird” (Encarta Encyclopedia) and allows him to “breathe again”, implying that he feels stranded in the industrialized city.

In a metaphorical sense, he feels that the city is suffocating, and physically, he finds it difficult to breathe due to air pollution in the city. Conclusion In conclusion, William Wordsworth works illustrate wonderfully. ‘As more poets continue to read his works and take his words as an example in loving the nature and applying it in real life. Wandered Lonely as a Cloud is a good poem that relates the feeling of Wordsworth in nature and to his beloved sister. Love is created, and therefore, the poet can never hate or destroy nature.

Strange Fits of Passion Have I known is the fear for his safety and the fear of losing Lucy. The fear he fails is a result of the natures that gives him. The prelude is his youthful memories that help him develop his spiritual capacity. The wild adventure gains him in loving the nature. Spiritual presence has given him lessons in morality. Ascribing beauty of the nature is common aspect of Wordsworth poem. Appreciation of the wild is essentially supernatural, as he claims that he is able to sense the very spirit of God. The idea of inter-connectedness of humanity and nature is present in this poem.

The poet does not ‘hear’ the song or stress its meaning, but is overwhelm med by its powerful spiritual sense. Although Wordsworth was venerated in the 19th century by the early 20th century his reputation had declined. He was criticized for the unevenness of his poetry, for his rather marked capacity for bathos, and for his transformation from an “open-minded liberal” (Columbia encyclopedia) to a cramped conservative. In recent years, however, Wordsworth has again been recognized as a great English poet—a profound, original thinker who created a new poetic tradition.


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