Extract from, The Prelide: Quote Analysis

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  • Extract from, The Prelude: Quote Analysis
    • Themes and Context
      • William Wordsworth wrote poems about the world we live in which challenged people and the way they thought at the time.
      • Poems which looked at the world and man’s place within it were common at the time.
      • There is a sense of conflict between man and nature where nature is eventually shown to be more powerful in the end.
      • The journey represents a more spiritual journey and it becomes more rough and hostile along the way.
      • At first nature is at peace with the poet but later it becomes more harsh and predatory.
    • "A little boat tied to a willow tree ... I unloosed her chain, and stepping in Pushed from the shore"
      • Adjective: "little"
        • Suggests that in comparison to nature, mankind is insignificant.
      • metaphor: "little boat tied to a willow tree"
        • The boat is a metaphor for mankind and it being tied to the willow tree is a metaphor for man being controlled by nature.
          • Suggests that in comparison to nature, mankind is insignificant.
      • Metaphor: "I unloosed her chain, and stepping in Pushed from the shore"
        • noun: "chain"
          • The writer could have used the noun: "rope" but has chosen to use the noun: "chain".
            • This could emphasise the writer's opinion that mankind is being held back by nature.
    • "There hung a darkness, call it solitude Or blank desertion ... huge and mighty forms"
      • At this point the mood is definitely more harsh and predatorial.
      • The adjectives: "huge ... mighty" and the nouns: "solitude ... desertion" are all negative and sinister.
      • He is reflecting on the conflict in his mind of the juxtaposed peaceful side of nature and the harsh extremes it also contains “big and mighty forms”.
    • "craggy ridge, The horizon's utmost boundary"
      • The mood is changed as the craggy ridge and the horizon represents the boundaries.
      • Adjective: "craggy" - has connotations of being rough and uneven which suggests that the adjective is quite a harsh word.
        • This could suggest that nature is trying to intimidate mankind.
      • Adjective: "utmost" has connotations of being the greatest, which suggests that nature is ascerting it's dominance over mankind.

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