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The Poetry of William Wordsworth Mrs. Cumberland. Objectives To understand the importance of nature as a source of comfort and inspiration in Wordsworth’s poetry To recognize elements and techniques of romantic poetry.

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The poetry of william wordsworth mrs cumberland

The Poetry of William WordsworthMrs. Cumberland

Objectives

To understand the importance of nature as a source of comfort and inspiration in Wordsworth’s poetry

To recognize elements and techniques of romantic poetry



  • Cumbria, as it is now called, is a compact area of northwestern England, a living record of the glacial giant’s footsteps that hollowed out the steep cliffs and moors, leaving some areas filled with dark pools, other with lush green pastures and fertile fields












  • And, in the process of recalling his own experience (speaking as “I”) he offers the reader the same experience through his imagery and his presentation of universal human experience

  • In reading the poem, the reader takes on the 1st person voice of the poet and shares his experience



In lyrical ballads he states

Use language of prose, “the language really spoken by men” ( but he means to use “a selection” of real language as befits his purpose, not to present “the vulgarity and meanness of ordinary life”

Write in such a way as to create in his readers the same passions he felt in composing his poetry

“choose incidents and situations from common life” and present “the essential passions of the heart”

Avoid personification of abstract ideas

Present general truths of human life- “the great and universal passions of men”- not specific local matters

In Lyrical Ballads he states:


Lake district
Lake District men” ( but he means to use “a selection” of real language as befits his purpose, not to present “the vulgarity and meanness of ordinary life”





  • Read Three Sonnets: 88-111)

    • It is a beauteous evening

    • The word is too much with us

    • Composed upon Westminister Bridge

    • What emotion is recollected in each sonnet?

    • What does nature reveal to the observer?


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