Wordsworth in Pleasant Solitude Analytical Essay by McLearson

Wordsworth in Pleasant Solitude
A look at the themes of nature and solitude as a source of poetic inspiration in the work of William Wordsworth.
# 63147 | 1,633 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2006 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how nature was Wordsworth's greatest source of inspiration and how it was also his refuge, where he could find solitude-a theme that resounds everywhere in his poetry. It looks at Wordsworth's concepts of solitude and nature through an analysis of several poems and passages such as "Personal Talk" and "Lines Composed A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey". It also discusses how Wordsworth philosophises on humanity and explores his relationship to other people and to creation in general.

From the Paper:

"It is perhaps his calling that gives him the greatest motive to seek solitude. He ends "Personal Talk" by praising the poets and desiring to be one: "Oh! might my name be among theirs." And poets require an uncommon perspective on life. They need to view the scene in their own way. They need to watch the world function from a unique point of view, wherein there is no room for other people and their noise. They need to be somewhat removed, in order to act as the observer. This is why Wordsworth wanders "lonely as a cloud / That floats on high o'er vales and hills." "

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