"We Are Seven" Paper

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William Wordsworth was on the forefront of the movement from the Neo-classical to the Romantic era. He essentially published the manifesto for Romantic poetry in his “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” in which he describes his unprecedented view for the future of poetry. Wordsworth believes that in order to increase the emotion evoked by his poetry, he must connect with the passions and feeling of men by relating everyday occurrences in nature. From his “Preface,” Wordsworth believes that he could connect and excite his reader, “with the appearances of the visible universe; with storm and sunshine, with the revolutions of the seasons, with cold and heat” (Wordsworth 272). Known as one of the Lake School Poets, Wordsworth is famous for using imagery from his long walks through the countryside. He often borrows images he encountered to help him convey many emotions, in particular those related to death and dying. This imagery is apparent in his poem “We Are Seven” when he utilizes elements from nature to depict the relationship between a young maid and her two departed siblings. This relationship is emphasized in the stanza: And when the ground was white with snow, And I could run and slide, My brother John was forced to go, And he lies by her side (57-60). In "We Are Seven," Wordsworth uses his description of snow to evoke emotion through symbolism and tactile imagery, effectively highlighting the contrast between life and death. Through his description of snow, Wordsworth evokes bitter images of winter and the biting chill that accompanies the changing of the seasons. The arrival of snow signifies the beginning of winter while simultaneously marking the end of the fall harvest season. This concept demonstrates Wordsworth’s embracing of rural, farmland imagery. He alludes to this theme earlier in the poem when the narrator claims the girl has “a
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