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She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

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on 13 January 2014

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Transcript of She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways

William Wordsworth
~English Romantic Poet- wrote this in 1798 when he was 28 years old.
Continued.....
~Whether Wordsworth has declared his love for her is unknown, and even whether she had been aware of the poet's affection is unsaid.
~The word untrodden itself means unexplored, not walked upon, roadless, or pathless.
Analysis: Stanza 3
~Aim is to show her innocence and beauty.
Tone, Theme & Question
~Tone: Sadness, Lovesick, Admiration and Lonliness.
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
First Response
1. The first line and the title of the poem are the same.
Analysis: Stanza 1
~The title line implies Lucy lived unknown and remote, both physically and intellectually.
Details:
~Last Stanza: Doesn't describe the "difference" but leaves it to the imagination of the reader which is much more powerful than trying to explain what her passing meant.
William Wordsworth
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2. This person's life seemed really sad and meaningless.
3. Who is Lucy?
~The poem is part of Wordsworth's series of five works which comprise his "Lucy" series.
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Wrote his series of "Lucy" poems during a stay with his sister Dorothy in Hamburg, Germany.
~These poems show his feelings of loneliness and loss from a woman who lived unnoticed by all others except by the poet himself.
~"growth, perfection, and death" of Lucy.
~Like the woman herself, the place where she lives is virtually unnoticed and untouched.
~Lines like, "none to praise," "very few to love," and the word "untrodden" tell the reader that Lucy was a nobody to everyone except the poet.
~uses two simple metaphors to emphasize these qualities. "A violet by a mossy stone" and "Fair as a star, when only one is shining in the sky."
~If her physical beauty was overlooked, it is almost certain that no one got to know her mind, her inner workings either.
Analysis: Stanza 2
~A violet can be a symbol of innocence, modesty or mourning. It has stood for modesty and humility in that it grows so close to the ground and its blooms can be found under the leaves.
~The blooms of the violet cannot easily be seen (like Lucy's isolation).
~Referring to the star Venus and also Venus the Goddess of Love (very public for the world to see).
~Star = Pure
~She is beautiful and rare and deserved recognition for these qualities but got none.
~"ceased to be." & "in her grave" = Lucy's death
~ "and oh, the difference to me!" = Wordsworth clearly experiences a great sense of loss at her death.
~She is extremely special and the embodiment of beauty to the poet.
~The exclamation point at the end of the poem puts even more emphasis on his feelings of love and loss
~Uses simple diction.
~Includes alliteration, assonance, sibilance, metaphors and etc.
~Most words contain one syllable.
~An elegy: is a mournful, melancholic or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead.
~Theme: Love
~Discussion Question:Although this poem was succinct and simple, what feelings were felt as readers?
~Rhyme scheme: ABAB
"Beside the springs of Dove"
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