Wordsworth’s conveying of ideas which were fundamental to the Romantic era depicts his poetry as being influenced to a great extent. Being one with nature is explored by Wordsworth’s in his revealing poem titled ‘The Daffodils’. From the very first line of his renowned masterpiece Wordsworth captivates his audience with the simile “I wandered lonely as a cloud”. The comparison of his self to an incredibly isolated aspect of nature is made use of to set the overarching tone of the poem from the beginning. Furthermore, this comparison makes obvious to the responder that he considers himself to be one with nature.
Michael Dransfield was also affected by the change and this has been reflected in poems “Minstrel” and “Prosperity” where he is comparing the natural world with the very mechanical one that humans tend to build for themselves. Michael Dransfield has been described as “one of the most widely read poets of his generation”. He has a very modernistic way of portraying significant ideas, which is seen through his use of language techniques such as sibilance, use of first person, assonance and alliteration. He exploits these techniques beautifully to emboss and emphasize the core concept of his poems. The word minstrel means a medieval singer or musician, especially one who sang or recited lyric or heroic poetry.
Shakespeare foreshadows the downfall of Scotland by including the unusual actions by animals. “A falcon tow ‘ring in her pride of place, was by a mousing owl hawk’d at and kill’d” (act 2, scene 3, Lines 14-15) This does not only echo the tragedy of Duncan but foreshadows the collapse of Scotland and Macbeth. A mighty falcon was killed by a mouse-hunting owl which is just the start of an unbalanced kingdom. Shakespeare strengthens the connection between the reader and his characters by comparing them to animals. “Yes; as sparrows, eagles, or the hare, the lion./ If I say sooth, I must report they
Northrop Frye describes these archetypes as “any important symbol or image, such as the sea or the rose, which cannot remain without any single literary text, but extends its significance throughout the whole of literature” (Dubois 2). In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, she places a large emphasis on the description of nature, and she too follows several typical archetypal patterns, including those laid out by Northrop Frye. In each story that is told – that of Robert Walton’s, Victor Frankenstein’s, and the monster’s – Shelley shadows many archetypes with her accentuation of atmospheric illustrations. The character of Robert Walton, hungry for scientific discovery, introduces the novel on his voyage to the Arctic, and his melancholic contemplations mirror the frozen climate surrounding him. His letters to his sister are soaked with words of loneliness and a desire for companionship.
All these authors in their stories and poetry similarly incorporate nature as a vivid display of life, death and time as their underlying tones. It is also a reflection of one’s mortality as everyone has busy lives, schedules and demands but generally no one really stops to see the true beauty of the natural world around us. The story Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge starts off with a man, Peyton Farquhar whom is a loyal Confederate farmer about to be hung on the Owl Creek Bridge that separates a Union fort and a large open field
We have to examine a few more nature-poems to see whether or not we can deduce any coherent system which may reveal to us the poet’s philosophy of nature. Like many romantic poets, Emily Dickinson had the eye of a creative genius. Thoreau said “there is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, - not a grain more. The actual object which one man will see from a particular hill top are just as different from those another will see as the beholders are different, we can not see anything until we are possessed with the idea of it, take it into our heads and then we can hardly see anything else”. The beauty that nature holds up is in the beholder’s perspective rather than in nature she.
This poem “Where I come from”, is very interesting. The poet, Elizabeth Brewster, uses a lot of imagery to make us think in a very unique way. By using imagery, the poet is trying to make us aware that the place a person is brought up from would have an impact on what is going on through their minds. Take for example, in stanza one, the poet uses words and phrases like, “atmosphere of smog”, “museum smell”, “smell of work”, “factories”, “chromium-plated office”, “smell of subways crowded at rush hours”. What we see similar from these phrases are the word “smell”.
Module code: EX314 December 2007 Comparative study of the portrayal of nature in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss and Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native Nature; it is a subject of interest and prevalence within much of literature. It represents the pure, the fruitful, and that which is fundamental. It presents us with our roots and beckons our intrigue to know how the natural world itself came about. The former sentence expresses attributes with which nineteenth-century writing concerns itself, particularly in the cases of Eliot and Hardy. Purity, fruitfulness and fundamentality could be said to be notions that both Eliot and Hardy appreciate.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud A. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud is a poem written by the very well known poet William Wordsworth. The poem is written in 1804 which is in the Romantic period. In poetry Romanticism was a period where the nature was valued as a contrast to the industrial society. All aspects of nature were used as a source of inspiration by the poets, as it made them think about human nature and activities. A typical Romantic poem often starts with a description of nature, and then slowly moves on to a human emotional problem which is a result of the observation of nature.
Each details a particular life experience which lead to the poet's examination of nature and the role of poetry. They describe virtuous conduct and man's obligation to God, nature and society, and ask as if there is a place for simple appreciation of nature without having to actively dedicate one's life to altruism. In each poem, Coleridge explores his idea of "One Life", a belief that people are spiritually connected through a universal relationship with God that joins all natural beings. Critics have disagreed on which poem in the group is strongest. Frost at Midnight is usually held in high esteem,