Name Professor Course Date William Wordsworth (1770-1850) Expostulation and Reply poem The poet wrote the poem using the form of the first person and in a very simple language. The style of the poem is somehow conversational therefore more appealing to the reader. Although the poem seems to be argumentative its tone is not angry or serious. It more relaxed and this may be because of the fact that the reader needs to approach it with an open mind. The poem incorporates the thought of the poet that nature was the ultimate teacher. When William pondered on the stone Matthew asked him “Where are your books...” Matthew wanted to know why William was wasting a lot of time instead of studying books. He also argues that books were left by the ancestors for learning. “You look round to love all things in a world so filed.” We can note that the poet dedicated his thank you letter both to God and his wife. At the end of the poem through his thank you letter the poet wishes to show God that despite the fact that they have been with his wife for a long time he still wants to be with her. He talks about the lessons he learned through his wife. Work Cited Wordsworth William. Poetical Works of William Wordsworth. B&R Samizdat Express 2015. Wordsworth William. "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge September 3 1802." Earth 1 (1802): 1. Wordsworth William. "London 1802." British literature 1830 (1780). Gittings Robert and Jo Manton. Dorothy Wordsworth. Oxford University Press USA 1988. Coleridge Samuel Taylor. "The Eolian Harp." The collected works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 16 (1795): 231-233. [...]
Week 2: Reading Response 2: William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge No unread replies. No replies. William Wordsworth spent time in France during the time of the French Revolution and was profoundly affected by the ideals of the leaders of the early part of the revolution. While in France, Wordsworth became involved with a French woman named Annette Vallon, who had a child by him, though they never married. He went back to England and settled down to write poetry and marry someone else and have more children. He supported his daughter by Vallon, however. His poem "It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free" reveals his love for his daughter Caroline. Dorothy Wordsworth was her brother William's secretary, it seems. He didn't like to write things down so she helped him to "recollect in tranquility" by describing the scenes they saw together in her journals. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is known, in part, for his drug addiction, perhaps because of his poem "Kubla Khan,” written after an opium dream that was interrupted by someone knocking on his door. Many of his shorter poems are reflections of his life, especially his musings on his marriage. Coleridge and Wordsworth published Lyrical Ballads in 1798. For more information about the writers and specific instructions for response, please read the following file carefully. Be sure to respond to the comments of at least two other students.