Extract from The Prelude

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  • Sound
    • The poet uses "and"s throughout to give the verse a breathless quality.
    • The Prelude is conversational
  • Structure
    • There are no stanzas
    • writing is continuous
    • This extract is a complete story in itself. It starts with "One summer evening..." and finishes with the effects on his mind of the boat trip: "a trouble to my dreams".
    • 44 lines and is blank verse
  • Imagery
    • Language  Techniques
      • Personification
        • he refers to the boat as "her"
        • "upreared it's head" is describing a rock's shadow  that he mistakes for a monsters.
      • Pathetic Fallacy
        • "one summer" starts with summer so the reader expects a nice happy poem so it is more of a shock when it turns dark and mysterious
      • Extract from, The Prelude
        • Sound
          • The poet uses "and"s throughout to give the verse a breathless quality.
          • The Prelude is conversational
        • Structure
          • There are no stanzas
          • writing is continuous
          • This extract is a complete story in itself. It starts with "One summer evening..." and finishes with the effects on his mind of the boat trip: "a trouble to my dreams".
          • 44 lines and is blank verse
        • Themes
          • The night: the poem seems to suggest that you can sometimes experience feelings and events more clearly at night, perhaps due to loneliness.
          • Loneliness: Wordsworth is often on his own throughout The Prelude and this is important to him. He can think more clearly and is more affected by events and places as a result.
    • "sparkling light" the word "sparkling" connotes precious items  like diamonds.
    • "There hung a darkness"the word "hung" is very sinister and also : darkness is scary.
  • Nature: humanity is part of nature and sometimes we can be made to feel very small and insignificant by the natural world
    • Themes
      • The night: the poem seems to suggest that you can sometimes experience feelings and events more clearly at night, perhaps due to loneliness.
      • Loneliness: Wordsworth is often on his own throughout The Prelude and this is important to him. He can think more clearly and is more affected by events and places as a result.

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