How Is Nature a Part Of The Fountain, Wordsworth

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How is nature a key theme in ‘The Fountain’? The fountain is a poem about a young boy lying back with an old man, Matthew on a beautiful summer’s day. Matthew is reminded of a time long ago when he was still youthful, strong and his children were still alive. The narrator, in an attempt to console Matthew, responds, “And, Matthew, for thy children dead / I’ll be a son to thee!” (61-62), to which Matthew replies that it will not help. ‘The Fountain’ is similar in form and structure to the majority of Wordsworth’s poems. The first point is that it is a ballad, meaning, it has iambic tetrameters and iambic trimeters. It also has four-line stanzas which are typical of a ballad. As with most Wordsworth poems it is written in AB rhyming. It is also a dialogue which many of Wordsworth’s poems are. The last aspect of similarity is the prevalent references to nature, which this essay is going to focus on. | | | | Being a romantic poet this poem is obviously romantic. It is about the difference between young and old and the frailty of the old man compared to his vigorousness in his childhood. Education is also a part of the romanticism and the old man teaches the young boy his knowledge. The first reference to nature is the reference to the “spreading oak” this could be referring to Matthew who has lived for many years and is wise but over the years has just become ignored by the general population. The brook could be referring to the narrator who is young and fresh, the onomatopoeic use of the word “gurgling” could not only be referring to the sound of the stream but also the sound often made by young children. The stream can also be interpreted in a similar way to the oak, “Twill murmur on a thousand years / and flow as now it flows”, this is showing that it will outlive any human and flow just as vigorously in a thousand years. The aquatic imagery of
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