The Prelude- William Wordsworth (Context (The poem was the writers…
The Prelude- William Wordsworth
The poem was the writers autobiography written in a poetic manner.
Wordsworth presents two contrasting ideas about nature, and allows the reader to decide what nature means to him or herself personally.
It deals with the writers troubled childhood.
Begins with the speaker as a boy and explores his feelings of peace with nature.
The poem represents the boy coming to an age of understanding the dangers of the world.
The poem marks a turning point for the boy, and symbolises a maturation of his mind
The power and beauty of nature - nature is initially presented as beautiful and a joyride. The mood changes and nature becomes frightening.
The power of memory and imagination - it left a lasting impression on the boy and his views of nature.
The poem as a natural ‘growing’ thing as much as a tree
A vision of Nature as something powerful and mystical
The speaker says that what used to be “pleasant images of trees of sea or sky” was not only “huge and mighty forms that do not live”
As he rowed the boat along, he could hear the “mountain echoes” and see the “small circles glittering” as his boat made ripples in the water.
"Troubled pleasure"-Oxymoron hints at his guilt
"Leaving behind her still"- repeated 'L' sounds recreates gentle sounds as if its used as a hidden referral to the waves.
"Unknown modes of being"- vague language illustrates that the narrator does not understand what he has seen.
There is a drastic shift in tone as the boy encounters some type of beast that can only be described as “black and huge”.
He was now keenly aware that he could encounter danger at every turn, and this awareness “hung a darkness” over him and made him feel a “blank desertion”.
Poems it can be compared to:
Checking Out Me History
Storm On The Island