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She was a Phantom of Delight
Transcript of She was a Phantom of Delight
He made new friendships with Walter Scott, Sir G. Beaumont and De Quincy and wrote such poems as ‘Elegiac Stanzas suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle’ (1807), and fathered five children. He received a civil list pension in 1842 and was made poet-laureate just a year later.
Today Wordsworth’s poetry remains widely read. It’s almost universal appeal is perhaps best explained by Wordsworth’s own words on the role, for him, of poetry; what he called “the most philosophical of all writing” whose object is “truth…carried alive into the heart by passion”.
- a brief appearance
- to take or give great pleasure or joy
- unusual or unexpected sight
- something that lends grace or beauty
- light from the sky between full night & sunrise or between sunset & full night
- somewhat dark in color
- month of May
- bright, lively
- passing quickly into and out of existence
- clear and free
- persuading someone to do what one wants
- something apparently seen or sensed, but having no physical reality
- to lie in wait for or attack from ambush
Background of the Poem
The poem has three stanzas it follows the "aa bb cc dd" rhyme pattern
Wordsworth uses similes and metaphors to describe the "Phantom" "Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair"
The Phantom is supposed to be his wife because the poem is about her
Each stanza represents a certain time period he got to spend with his wife, for example the first stanza is when they first meet he sees her as just a beautiful person
Then the second shows how he they start to know each other more and he sees she's wife material
The third stanza is about how they are once they're married and sees that she is perfect one for him since she did anything for her family.
Background of the Author
William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet. Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England. He was a son of an attorney. He went to school first at Penrith and then at Hawkshead Grammar school where his love of poetry was firmly established and, it is believed, he made his first attempts at verse. While he was at Hawkshead, Wordsworth’s father died leaving him is four siblings orphans. His mother on the other hand died when he was eight.
I SAW HER UPON NEARER VIEW,
A SPIRIT, YET A WOMAN TOO!
>The poet was in close contact with her and he realized that she was still a spirit, but he also felt her womanly qualities.
HER HOUSEHOLD MOTIONS LIGHT AND FREE,
AND STEPS OF VIRGIN-LIBERTY;
>She would move here and there around his home lightly and freely doing household work. Her freedom showed that she was still virgin.
AND COUNTENANCE IN WHICH DID MEET
SWEET RECORDS, PROMISES AS SWEET;
>The poet could see sweet remembrances and sweet promises on her face.
SHE WAS A PHANTOM OF DELIGHT
WHEN FIRST SHE GLEAMED UPON MY SIGHT;
A LOVELY APPARATION, SENT
TO BE A MOMENT’S ORNAMENT
describes his wife and his reaction to her
he chooses to depict three points in their developing relationship: when they first met; as they began to know each other better; and now that they are married
when he saw her for the first time the poet felt that Mary Hutchinson was a spirit of happiness. She was lovely and he felt that she had been sent to make him proud of her even for a short time.
HER EYES AS STARS OF TWILIGHT FAIR;
LIKE TWIGHLIGHT’S, TOO, HER DUSKY HAIR;
Her eyes were as beautiful as the star in the evening and her hair also was as dark as the evening
AND NOW I SEE WITH EYE SERENE
THE VERY PULSE OF THE MACHINE;
>When the poet watched her calmly, he felt the very pulse of her whole being. All her actions were reasonable.
A BEING BREATHING THOUGHTFUL BREATH,
A TRAVELER BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH;
>Her interests were divided between spiritual and worldly things. She could argue reasonable and her desires were mild, not excessive.
THE REASON FIRM, THE TEMPERATE WILL,
ENDURANCE, FORESIGHT, STRENGHT, AND SKILL;
>She was wise enough to tolerate many unpleasant things in life. She was equally concerned with the future.
A CREATURE NOT TOO BRIGHT OR GOOD
FOR HUMAN NATURE’S DAILY FOOD;
>She was not excessively bright or good for many of the things which one had to face in everyday life.
FOR TRANSIENT SORROW, SIMPLE WILES,
PRAISE, BLAME, LOVE, KISSES, TEARS AND SMILES.
>She was an ordinary woman. She would inspire the poet. She had all the following human qualities to a moderate degree transient sorrows, simple vile, praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles.
BUT ALL THINGS ELSE ABOUT HER DRAWN
FROM MAY-TIME AND THE CHEERFUL DAWN;
>In order to create her, nature might have collected all the beautiful things from the spring seasons and the cheerful morning.
A DANCING SHAPE, AND IMAGE GAY,
TO HAUNT, TO STARTLE, AND WAYLAY.
>Her shape was like that of a graceful dancer and her attractive mental picture would always be in the thoughts of the poet and sometimes he would be surprised and frightened. When the poet was doing something or going somewhere her thought would disturb him.
A PERFECT WOMAN, NOBLY PLANNED,
TO WARN, TO COMFORT, AND COMMAND;
>She was a perfect woman, whom God created grandly. She would make him alert and soothe and direct him properly.
AND YET A SPIRIT, AND BRIGHT
WITH SOMETHING OF ANGELIC LIGHT.
>In spite of these, she still looked like a spirit because of her bright beautiful light.
Meaning of the Poem