In the first poem, The Passionate Shepherd to his Love composed by Christopher Marlowe explains how nature can bring love to unity and can essentially make love blossom into something beautiful to his love, the Nymph. In the second poem written by Sir Walter Raleigh, The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd which was written from the Nymphs perspective and is a “reply” to the passionate shepherd and was interpreted to be very pessimistic and blunt but relates love and nature explaining all the negative that come when relating love and nature.The third poem, Raleigh was Right written by William Carlos Williams in 1944 which states that Williams agrees with the poem The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd and throughout the poem explains and supports the second poem more in depth. The three poems in this unit are all intertwined because they all essentially explain and compare their views on love being compared to
Being disappointed with results of French Revolution, Wordsworth resolved to devote himself to looking for truth and exquisiteness in the majesty and innocence of nature. He aspired for producing art that would be loyal to the finest qualities that dwells within man and tried to reveal it by absolute power of poetry. The freshness and emotional power of expressions, the strong psychological depth of his characterization and importance of his social interpretation made Wordsworth’s poetry notably distinctive from the more formally crafted works of his time. Being a nature poet Wordsworth suggested that poetry was a result of “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings” and hence, it should be simple and natural. He presented into literature a state of innocence spawned by the primary bonds with nature and claimed that only in such condition intrinsic ardours of the heart get a better soil to achieve their perfection.
Larkin’s “No Road” is quiet in tone but it is deceptive. The use of nature in the poem links the experience of the lovers with the universal passing of life. The metaphor of the road suggests the firmness and breadth of intimacy of the lovers but this is man-made. The destructive aspect of nature reminds us that man-made things are ephemeral. It links together the past, the present and future in an effective way that the result is not simply a presentation of minor experience but has a
In the poem it cites that he feels a presence of joy of elevation (wordsworth 37). It also admits, “In body, arid become a living soul:/ While with an eye made quiet by the power/ Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,/ We see into the life of things” (Wordsworth 35,6). This proves that nature was did not only bring the bad memories but it also made the speaker felt some happiness during this time. “A strident lover of nature might think it a shame that he has to “settle” for his imitation, but Wordsworth makes a point of mentioning that he gets more from his version than he ever derived from the physical one:...” (Kelly 259) Nature gives life to him than a physical being.
Comparison Essay on Wordsworth and Yeats In “Down by the Salley Gardens” by William Butler Yeats and “She dwelt among the Untrodden ways” By William Wordsworth, they both utilize a theme of love while applying imagery consistently throughout the poems. Additionally, Yeats uses parallelism to demonstrate the passing of time through metaphors while Wordsworth comparatively portrays his inner thoughts. Since they are expressing their emotions, Yeats applies similes comparing his love to the beauty of nature whilst Wordsworth is commemorating his love, despite her disappearing from his life. “She dwelt among the untrodden ways” by Wordsworth overall expresses his emotion towards her as she lives her life only to die isolated. “Down by the Salley Gardens” by Yeats has a sense of regret, showing his inner
Romanticism emerged in the late eighteenth century in reaction to the rationalism of the Enlightenment. Wordsworth and other Romantics emphasized the vigor of everyday life, the importance of human emotions, and the enlightening power of nature. Romanticism also stressed the power of imagination, which encouraged freedom from standard conventions in art and sometimes provocatively reversed social conventions (Newworldencyclopedia.org, n.d.) He helped to unite the serenity of nature and the inner emotional world of men; poetry that reunited readers with true emotions and feelings. (Shmoop, 2008). He became England's poet laureate in 1843, a role he held until his death in 1850 (Kettler, n.d.) Originally inspired by the French Revolution and the social changes it brought, Wordsworth tried to create poetry of the people, in the language of the common man.
All Romantic literature is subjective in nature. It is an expression of inner urges of the soul of the artist (Gillingham, 2002). Poets often derived inspiration from nature in expressing human feelings and emotions of joy and happiness. They at times sought a divine presence in nature through transcendentalism. Wordsworth’s pantheism is a good example of this tendency (Long 2004).
Thus since childhood, nature permeated his consciousness and he learned to appreciate the grandeur of nature in all its glory. His fluid style of writing only further enhances his affinity for all things concerned with nature. The literature of Wordsworth’s era is at times rife with element of despair and cynicism, something that he chose to transform through his approach to poetry. William Wordsworth himself gave an immortal definition of poetry: “The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility” (Preface to the lyrical ballad, Wordsworth,) Coleridge praising Wordsworth’s poetry stated: ‘It is the union of deep feeling with profound thought, the fine balance of truth of observation, with the imaginative faculty in modifying the objects observed; above all the original gift of spreading the tone, the atmosphere, and with it the depth and height of the ideal world around forms, incidents and situations, of which for the common view, customs had bedimmed
To John Keats, beauty stands as the spirit of life and art. It is the predominating force of his poetry from the early Endymion to his last poem Hyperion: A Vision. At the very beginning of Endymion, he declares: A thing of Beauty is a joy forever/ It’s loveliness increases. Tagore’s romanticism and his glorification of love appear as a continuation of Valmiki tradition, the deep understanding of the beauty and wealth of Mother Earth and Nature. His love of nature and world, love of man and love of God, are the accents of keen awareness of beauty, acute apprehension of truth and earnest interest of the cosmic infinite whole.