Wordsworth's Childhood and School-Time

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Childhood and school-time By William Wordsworth 1. Summary It is a summer evening; our main character is in nature trying to loosen a boat. With a guilty feeling he pushes the boat into the calm lake. Slowly he rows down the water. Everything is quiet and in harmony, his bad conscience changes to a pride of reaching a chosen point. The silent or steep rocks does not make him afraid, but when he is picturing a snake he gets scared and rows trembling back to his covert and tethers the boat to the willow tree. The boy is struck by solitude, an unknown feeling of being. He cannot see any pleasant images of nature anymore; it is only big, strange, dead forms. From now on his mind is no longer filled with pleasant images of nature but troublesome dreams. 2. Description of the boy The main character is a happy, carefree boy, who goes into life with his head held high. He knows, as well as all other children, when he does something wrong, but owing to his curiosity he pushes the boat anyway (page 35, stanza 4). Like all other human beings he has a goal in sight and gets proud, when he reaches it. During the story the boy passes through a development: When he leaves the shore he is this carefree, hopeful child, who goes through life easily, “Went heaving though the water like a swan” (p. 36, s. 20), but when he suddenly turns, he discovers that he has passed the unfamiliar, black, huge rock, much further down than his chosen point and he gets scared. He pictures the fear of the unknown as a snake that I think symbolizes the puberty and sexuality. The elfin symbolizes that, too (p. 35, s. 17). The horizon’s bound is point-of-no-return (p. 36, s. 23); the boy grows up. He does not like to be a grown-up person and tries to go back to the safe childhood (p. 36, s. 29-33), but he cannot. He has to accept that there is no freedom from care or colours of green

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