Literary Analysis Of Strange Fits Of Passion

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Literary Review of poem “Strange fits of passion have I known” by William Wordsworth Literary Review of “Strange fits of passion have I known” If only everyone could experience the passion of love that William Wordsworth was obviously experiencing while writing this poem to his love, Lucy? William Wordsworth does a wonderful job in using the theme of love to portray his overwhelming passion. His intensity is clear when the thought comes to mind that one day Lucy might die and that he would lose her. The following paragraphs will look into the details of Wordsworth’s poem, “Strange fits of passion have I known”, and identify the poetic devices, such as imagery and tone, and the poetic form. The poetic form used is a very direct and simple ballad form. Each stanza in the ballad is four lines long and has alternating rhyming lines, which is referred to as the ABAB rhyme scheme (Spark, 2011). The poem has alternating metrical lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic tri-meter, the author doesn’t stick to this form all throughout, but the majority of it sticks to the tetrameter and tri-meter points (Spark, 2011). This means that the first and third lines of the stanza have four syllables, and the second and fourth lines have only three. The tone is set as Wordsworth states in his first stanza: Strange fits of passion have I known: And I will dare to tell, But in the lover's ear alone, What once to me befell (Poem Hunter, 2011, pg.8). Wordsworth sets the tone that he only wants serious readers who have known love to read his poem. The reader must have a full understanding of love and the passion that comes along with love to be able to sympathize with Wordsworth about his feelings for Lucy. The author uses several different types of poetic devices. The significance of the title in this poem is crucial to the reader understanding just how that the
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