Analysis of a poem

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Poetry is a mysterious thing. The use of poetry can be made to bring about a feeling or emotion about something, or it can be used to earn a few extra dollars. There are some writers though, like William Wordsworth, who used the writing style to write about their real life experiences. It has been suspected that he did just that in his piece, ?A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal?, to jot down his feelings about a loved one who had passed away. It is this honesty that helps to make the poem a great piece of work. Wordsworth manages to capture this honesty through his vivid imagery to create a personal sense of being there. ?A slumber did my spirit seal; I had no human fears: She seemed a thing that could not feel The touch of earthly years. No mention has she now, no force; She neither hears nor sees; Rolled round in earth?s diurnal course, With rocks, and stones, and trees.? The work is, obviously, a piece of poetry. In the piece, a woman has died and her lover/admirer is mourning her loss. We believe that it is a woman who has died, but in all reality, it is not specified as to who, or what, has died. The source of conflict is that the one he loves is dead. The poem is organized into two stanzas with a point of view Continue...


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If so, then it would seem that Wordsworth loved someone so passionately he thought she was almost immortal. It can also be said that the narrator is perhaps Wordsworth himself. It is the imagery that Wordsworth uses to help accentuate his other poems, case in point, the Lucy poems, of which A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal is a part. The ending, in relation to the other parts of the poem, seemed to have the same style and tone as the second stanza-mournful and full of remorse. This appears to be revealed in the first stanza. Before he saw her only through the eyes of love; now he recognizes her for what she is, a part of nature. Quatrains follow a variety of rhyme schemes. While a bit cumbersome to understand at first, if the audience will simply sit down and read the poem a few times over, it is quite easy to be sucked into the world that Wordsworth comes up with and become a witness of sorts to the scenes that he creates. The author chose this point of view in order to convey a more emotional, personal level to the reader. The theme of the poem is that death comes without notice. No mention has she now, no force; The meaning behind that is the sudden change from happiness and bliss to cold sadness and mourning. A part of the poem that emphasizes this is She seemed a thing that could not feel the touch of earthly year.

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