Monday, 25 April 2016

THE SUBJECT MATTER: A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal by Williams Wordsworth relates to the feeling of shock and numbness experienced by the poet at the death of Lucy as well as his feeling of loss. From the context of the poem, Wordsworth believes that Lucy has gone to live another life; he believes that he now lives with nature, rocks, stones, trees, etc.

THE THEMES: We shall mention few of the themes in the poem which the first one is immortality; Williams Wordsworth immortalized Lucy by stating that she lives in nature after her physical death. The second theme to mention is the theme of lose through death and the sorrows that follow. The death of Lucy left the poet so shallow and in great pain to the extent that he had to resolve to euphemize her death to a mere geographical relocation. The third theme is nature. Apart from the fact that concept of Lucy's death gave the poem a sense of reality, the images of nature and natural things added to it.

THE LANGUAGE AND STYLE: Descriptions and statements are made in very plain manner. The language of the poem is very simple. "Slumber" is used in the sense of inactivity referring to the shock or dazed condition of the poet . "Divinal" referred to Lucy's everlasting union with earth in its daily routi
ne of life and movement.

THE STRUCTURE: Structure matters a lot in poetry and any interesting poetic message that is void of reasonable structure is like a mango that has lost its sweetness to shades. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal by Williams Wordsworth is a 2-stanza poem with 4 lines each stanza. There is stanza end rhyme pattern of ABAB and the movement of lines is controlled by unit of thought in the poem.

THE POET: Williams Wordsworth was a nineteenth century romantic English poet. He was born in the year 1770 but later died in the year 1850. He regarded poetry as an expression of man's innermost feelings. A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal by Williams Wordsworth was added to a group of the author's poem called "Lucy"

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)


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