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The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth
(This is Wordsworth's reply to `Expostulation and reply')
UP! up! my Friend, and quit your books `Up! Up!' connotations of Harry potter for modern reader
Or surely you'll grow double: `toil and trouble' connotations of witches from Macbeth
up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks these both cementing the ideas that Wordsworth sees
Why all this toil and trouble? Books as evil and unnatural.
The sun, above the mountain's head,
A freshening lustre mellow
Through all the long green fields has spread, line stretches out like the grass
His first sweet evening yellow.
Books! 'tis a dull and endless strife: learn more from nature than books
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There's more of wisdom in it.
And hark! How blithe the throstle sings! `hark' religious connotations
He, too is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of thigs,
Let Nature be your teacher.
She has a world of ready wealth, she = mother nature
Our minds and hearts to bless
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,
Truth breathed by cheerfulness.
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
Sweet is the lore which Nature brings need to be at our simplest to truly understand nature
Our meddling intellect
Misshapes the beauteous forms of things:
We murder to dissect. This is wrong we should only look and enjoy like the
Enough of Science and of Art
Close up those barren leaves
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives. Nature closes the poem
Themes in the poem
Society and the individual wordsworth is explaining why he is at one with
nature. Says `one impulse from vernal wood may teach you more of man..."
shows his closeness and reliability towards nature
Nature vs. Urbanism
Death and loss
`we murder to dissect' killing of nature
irony as Wordsworth has written this in reply to tel his friend Matthew that
book's are bad and you should learn from nature, knowing full well that the
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Shows he is not willing to throw books away
ABAB RHYME SCHEME IN ALL 8 STANZA'S
ballad form, written in iambs with four beats in the first and third lines of each
stanza, and three beats in the second and fourth lines.
"The Tables Turned" fits perfectly with the Romantic Movement, which
emphasizes the importance of being a part of nature.…read more