The Prelude

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  • The Prelude
    • Context
      • William Wordsworth born in Lake District (1770-1850)
      • Surrounded by death
        • Brother died in a shipwreck
        • Loses 2 children in the same year
        • Orphan by 13
      • Attended St. Johns College at Cambridge University
      • Poem is dedicated to friend and fellow poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      • Fascinated by nature + was his 'moral influence'
      • Poem was considered his greatest work
      • Liked to write lyrical ballads
    • Themes
      • Power of Nature
        • Tissue
        • Exposure
      • Memory
      • Pride
      • Fear
      • Individual Experience
        • London
    • Linked Poems
      • The Emigrée (pride + individual experience)
      • Remains (memory + individual experience)
      • Poppies (memory, fear, individual experience)
      • Ozymandias (power of nature + memory)
      • My Last Duchess (memory, pride)
      • Kamikaze (power of nature, memory, individual experience)
      • War Photographer(memory, individual experience)
      • Storm On The Island (power of nature, fear)
      • Bayonet Charge (fear, individual experience)
    • Techniques
      • 1st person
      • Oxymoron "troubled pleasure"
      • Enjambment
      • Semantic field of death
        • black and huge, stars, hung a darkness,
      • Extended metaphor for death (has a lasting impact)
      • Line 21 Volta (when his childhood was 'taken' from him)
      • Plosives "The horizon's bound, a huge peak, black and huge"
      • Personifies nature
    • Quotes
      • "Without the voice of mountain-echoes"
      • "Glittering idly in the moonlight"
      • "Upreared its head"
      • "Growing still in stature the grim shape towered up"
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