As epitaphs, they are not sad, a very inadequate word to describe them, but breathlessly, almost wordlessly aware of what such a loss would mean to the speaker: 'oh, the difference to me! The speaker repeats again that he has seen Lucy Gray, and he describes her as she is now. This gives a peaceful description of Lucy, and implies that she perhaps sang and skipped along before the storm took her away. Her anguished parents searched for her through the night and the next day, and in the end, came to know that she had passed away. According to Wordsworth, poetry is philosophical of all writings. No mate, no comrade Lucy knew; She dwelt on a wide moor, — The sweetest thing that ever grew Beside a human door! William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge published a collection of works titled Lyrical Ballads in 1798. Wordsworth and the Human Heart.
Of these poems, almost alone, Wordsworth in his autobiographical notes has said nothing whatever. People's and Howitt's Journal November 1849 : 292—294. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1967. His father, Attorney, John Wordsworth, born to a lawyer, was the personal attorney of Sir James Lowther, Earl of Lonsdale. To win a woman, a man must be successful, and his success is evidenced only by material possessions: the expensive car, the large house, the fat wallet. Earlier, literary critic Richard Matlak tried to explain the Lucy—Dorothy connection, and wrote that Dorothy represented a financial burden to Wordsworth, which had effectively forced his separation from Coleridge.
Throughout the poem sadness and ecstasy are intertwined, a fact emphasised by the exclamation marks in the second and third verses. Her mother had gone to town. At day-break on a hill they stood That overlooked the Moor; And thence they saw the Bridge of Wood A furlong from their door. Stanza 8 The storm came on before its time: She wandered up and down; And many a hill did Lucy climb: But never reached the town. Germano-Slavica 15 Annual 2005 : 171—181.
He was the major English romantic poet who launched the Romantic age in English Literature in 1798 with the publication of the Lyrical Ballads which is a joint work of Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The wretched Parents all that night Went shouting far and wide; But there was neither sound nor sight To serve them for a guide. Walz asserts that the persona of the Lucy Poems evidences a schizoid personality who has molded the titular Lucy, whether in his imagination or in fact, into an object of obsessive love. As such, it seems as if nature joins with the narrator in mourning for her, and the reader is drawn into this mutual sorrow. Wordsworth's voice slowly disappears from the poems as they progress, and his voice is entirely absent from the fifth poem.
Yet some maintain that to this day She is a living child; That you may see sweet Lucy Gray Upon the lonesome wild. Reading is now become a kind of luxury to me. Lucy appears to be eternal, like nature itself. It is shown at times to be oblivious to and uninterested in the safety of humanity. William Wordsworth and the Mind of Man. They weptand, turning homeward, cried, In heaven we all shall meet! In their most sinister form, these individual-level control methods take the forms of rape, domestic violence, and murder.
Instead, she is presented as an ideal and represents Wordsworth's frustration at his separation from Coleridge; the asexual imagery reflects the futility of his longing. Not blither is the mountain roe: With many a wanton stroke Her feet disperse the powdery snow, That rises up like smoke. It is not one of the Lucy poems written by Wordsworth. The wrecked Parents all that night Went shouting far and wide; But there was neither sound nor sight To serve them for a guide. Male Character, Damsel in Distress, and Women in Refrigerators.
The poem was inspired by Wordsworth being surrounded by snow and Dorothy's, his sister, memory of a real incident that happened at Halifax. The poet furthermore tries to bring life and death in one continuous movement because as readers we do remark that the poet does not focus on the death of Lucy that much. The way in which the incident was treated and the spiritualising of the character might furnish hints for contrasting the imaginative influences which I have endeavoured to throw over common life with Crabbe's matter of fact style of treating subjects of the same kind. Commentary This direct, unadorned lyric is one of the most striking and effective of the many simple lyrics like it, written by Wordsworth in the mid to late 1790s and included in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads. Wordsworth and Coleridge: Lyrical Ballads. It was founded on a circumstance told me by my Sister, of a little girl who, not far from Halifax in Yorkshire, was bewildered in a snow-storm.
Studies in English Literature, 1500—1900 12. If Lucy should be dead! They followed from the snowy bank The footmarks, one by one, Into the middle of the plank, And further there were none. William Shuter, Portrait of William Wordsworth, 1798. It is best to leave the sanctuary of all hearts inviolate, and to respect the reserve not only of the living but of the dead. The way the speaker attributes his own feelings to parts of nature, shows that he feels one with his surroundings when he is in this place. New York: McClure Phillips, 1907.