Summary and analysis of Lines Written In Early Spring by Wordsworth

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INTRODUCTION TO WILLIAM WORDSWORTH-

William Wordsworth is one of the major literary figures of all times, in the history of English literature. Wordsworth collaborated with Samuel Taylor Coleridge in ‘Preface to Lyrical Ballads’ marking the start of the Romantic era. William Wordworth’s works are enjoyed by both youngsters and adults and he surely remains as one of the most important and favoured poet.

LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING-

This composition by Wordsworth is in a form of a ballad and consists of six quartrains. This poem was included in the ‘Preface to Lyrical Ballads’. In this poem, Wordsworth expresses his appreciation of the beautiful nature and his concerns regarding the path the humanity is leaning towards.  

SETTING OF LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING-

The poem is set in a landscape of beauty, a small woodland grove. Wordsworth was inspired into writing this poem when he was walking near Alford, so the setting of the poem can be associated with the beautiful scenery of Alfrod.

POETIC DEVICES IN LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING-

 

BALLAD-

The poem is composed in a form of a ballad constituting of six quartrains.

ALLITERATION-

“What man has made of man.”

“And ’tis my faith that every flower”

STYLE OF LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING-

“I heard a thousand blended notes,  (A)

While in a grove I sate reclined,  (B)

In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts (A)

Bring sad thoughts to the mind.” (B)

SUMMARY OF LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING-

The speaker tells that while sitting reclined on a woodland grove, his mind was filled with several thoughts. While he finds solace in the nature’s beauty, the same beauty also reminds him of bad thoughts. The speaker appreciates the nature for her god like abilities of linking a human soul to herself but he also feels grief while thinking about how cruelly man has separated himself from mother nature. The speaker is highly appreciative of the nature’s beauty, he finds delight in the green bowers and has faith that the beautiful flowers  enjoy every ounce of the air they breathe, they are thankful for living besides the nature. The speaker observes the birds which sing and hop around him, he is in awe of these creatures. Though the speaker does not understand their language and ways, he does recognize that the birds’ are creating all these movements out of sheer pleasure and joy. The breeze flowing is sweet and light, the twigs are spreading out as if to catch the sweet air and all the speaker can do is gather pleasure in their existence. The speaker questions that if this is heaven and this is the holy plan of nature then what has man made of man, that is himself and his kind, by separating from such joy.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING-

This poem by William Wordsworth is a beautiful composition laden with vivid imagery and makes the readers appreciate and protect the nature.  

TONE OF LINES WRITTEN IN EARLY SPRING-

The tone of the poem is calm, peaceful yet strong enough to express the poem’s thematic concerns.

CONCLUSION-

This wonderful poem by Wordsworth reminds the readers of the beauty of nature, the value of enjoying and appreciating their existence and the need to protect the nature from harm.

Contributor: Radhika Goel

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