Extract from the Prelude

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  • Extract from The Prelude
    • Poet: William Wordsworth
      • 1770 - 1850
      • Troubled relationship with parents and relatives
      • Parents died when he was young
      • Lived with his uncle and grandparents who he hated
        • Lived in the Lake District and spent most of his time outdoors as a way of escaping
      • Romantic Poet
      • Early supporter of the French Revolution
        • Disillusioned with the violence
    • Context
      • The Prelude was the first part of a 3 part epic poem called The Recluse
        • Only completed parts 1 and 2
      • Began writing in 1798
      • Main themes: Man, Nature and Society
      • After enlightenment, Romanticism was introduced to oppose it
        • Romanticism
          • A dislike of urban life and an embrace of the natural world
          • A love of the supernatural
          • Use of ordinary, everyday language
    • Analysis
      • Form
        • Epic Poem
          • In Epic poetry, the speaker tells a long story about heroic acts
          • Usually legendary or histroical and focuses on one heroic character
        • Blank verse
          • No rhyme scheme
          • Written in iambic pentameter (lines of 10 syllables with alternating stressed syllables)
          • The poet Milton inspired other poets to the point where all lengthy phylisophical poems were written in blank verse
      • Structure
        • One long verse
          • Reader is left overwhelmed by the immensity of the poem, also shows how Wordsworth was overwhelmed by his experience with nature
            • Helps the reader to empathise with the poet
          • Paradise lost by Milton was alsowritten as one long verse
        • enjambment
          • Adds to the sense of being overwhelmed Shows thoughts are not ordered and it is almost blurted out
      • Language
        • Nature is personified
          • 'One summer evening (led by her)'
          • 'Upreared its head'
            • Poet loses power of posession. Loses expressive and ambitious vocabulary and imagary out of shock
        • 'It was an act of stealth'
          • Man is presented as selfish
          • Society is made of people who are proud and take whatever they want from nature
            • 'Proud of his skill'
              • arrogant
              • dominant
          • Shows the young poet was sneaky and his actions were morally wrong
        • Deliberate positive /magical imagery
          • 'Small circles glittering idly in the moon''track of sparkling light'
            • Climax of positivity before the abrupt tonal shift
        • 'She was an elfin pinnace'
          • Exaggerates (hyperbole) for effect
        • 'No familiar shapes remained, no pleasant images of trees, of sea or sky, no colours of green fields'
          • Repetiton of 'no' shows the realisation of how much he doesnt know

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