"Lines Written in Early Spring": Analysis
A BESTWORD ANALYSIS
One of William Wordsworth’s first poems, “Lines Written in Early Spring” (1798) carries with it the budding philosophical air of poetic Romanticism. By building an emotionally sensitive atmosphere, Wordsworth describes the light hearted scene of an open glade and uses this setting as the basis of a comparison between the natural world and the unnatural “civilized” world. Wordsworth, in writing “Lines Written in Early Spring”, one of his first in a life’s work of Romantic poetry, speaks of a wayward spiritual digression that mankind has brought upon itself. Wordsworth’s “Lines Written in Early Spring” is a wonderful work of peaceful natural contemplation, but sadly it finds itself a reverie in a dynamic of natural grace and a lamentation for how far man has displaced himself from it; his repeated lines of “What man has made of man” (8 and 24), perhaps some of the most powerful writing of Romantic literature.
William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) was one of the true great Romantic poets, and could be argued as being the forefather of the 19th centuries’ Romantic Age of poetic literature. Outstanding in many ways, Wordsworth poetic taste can be seen, though somewhat prematurely, in “Lines Written in Early Spring” by how it captures the spirit of Romanticism: a focus on embracing nature for its mystical beauties and expressing the emotions and feelings of the poet as a central key to Romantic art. Most notably, and refreshing, however, is the first, second, and final stanzas that, though “Lines Written in Early Spring” was one of Wordsworth’s first works, it can still be identified as characteristically “Wordsworth”’ in its inward contemplation of “What man has made of man” (4 and 24).
William Wordsworth would later open “Lines Written in Early Spring” with the following note: “Actually composed while I was sitting by the side of the brook that runs down from the Comb, in which...