Wordsworth’s The Prelude and Coleridge’s Poems. ENGL 203 Dr. Fike. Business. Quiz: Please clear your desks. [Maymester: Response papers due.]. Today’s Assignment.
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We are tracking the following themes:
Some natural tears they drop'd, but wip'd them soon;
The World was all before them, where to choose
Thir place of rest, and Providence thir guide:
They hand in hand with wandring steps and slow,
Through Eden took thir solitarie way.
For I, methought, while the sweet breath of heaven
Was blowing on my body, felt within
A correspondent breeze, that gently moved
With quickening virtue, but is now become
A tempest, a redundant energy,
Vexing its own creation. (lines 33-38)
There are in our existence spots of time,
That with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating virtue, whence, depressed
By false opinion and contentious thought,
Or aught of heavier or more deadly weight,
In trivial occupations, and the round
Of ordinary intercourse, our minds
Are nourished and invisibly repaired;
A virtue, by which pleasure is enhanced,
That penetrates, enables us to mount,
When high, more high, and lifts us up when fallen.
(page 223, 12.208ff.)
How strange that all
The terrors, pains, and early miseries,
Regrets, vexations, lassitudes interfused
Within my mind, should e’er have borne a part,
And that a needful part, in making up
The calm existence that is mine when I
Am worthy of myself! (1.344-50)
“The Child is father of the man” (“My Heart Leaps Up,” page 168)
The “oars” (374)
The “unswerving line” he travels across the lake: using phallic instruments to row a phallic course across a feminine lake.
The “craggy ridge” (370).
The “huge peak, black and huge” that “Upreared its head” (378-80), representing masculine authority.
The cave it is kept in
The lakeImagery in the Boat Episode