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on 26 June 2009

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Transcript of poetry

poetry A Bird Came Down The Walk Daffodils Context
Wordsworth became the dominant force in English poetry at quite a young age – he went on to be Poet Laureate.

Content
Wordsworth describes a scene he came across whilst out walking – a splendid natural view of daffodils by the edge of a lake.

Form/ Structure
This simple lyrical poem consists of four six-lined stanzas, each verse having a regular rhyme pattern. The first two verses describe an unexpected natural Wordsworth had and latter two stanzas evaluate the lasting effect it had on him.

Tone & mood
Happiness and joy characterise the tone of the poem. The narrator is suddenly surprised at what he has discovered and is uplifted by it.

The mood is contented and pensive as Wordsworth puts it. Looting back on this experience, he philosophises on the effect it continues to have on him.

Rhythm and rhyme
This rhythm of the poem is gently musical suited to the beauty of the natural; scene being described.

The rhyme scheme of each verse is ABABCC following a quatrain (four lines) – couplet (two lines) pattern.

Imagery and Language
This poem is the perfect example of simple directness. Wordsworth, who lived in the Lake District with its scenic contrasts of lake and mountain, spent much of his early life enjoying the wildness of it all.

In the second stanza the poet tries to use language to convey the vast number of flowers and then he personifies them saying they were like people.
Context – Emily Dickinson is reclusive – she stays at home and focuses on things from her window.

Content – Dickinson has chosen to write about a pretty ordinary event – an encounter between the poet and a bird. At first, the bird is observed unnoticed, however when the narrator offers it a crumb, the bird flies away.

Form/ Structure – Written in five four lined stanza’s called quatrains (Dickinson uses iambic trimester with occasional four syllable lines.)
Hyphens – the poet gives time to think. Used to highlight the fact that not everything can be expressed in words.

Tone: In stanza’s 1-3 the poet develops a sense of surprise, curiosity and even amusement at the bird’s behaviour.
In the last two stanza’s the tone changes to one of awe and wonder at the magical beauty of the bird in flight

Rhyme/ rhythm – A loose ABCB rhyme scheme.

Mood – happy and joyful at the start while watching the bird. Then she tries to interfere and destroys the simple and innocent order of nature.

Imagery and Language – In the final stanza Dickinson provides a breath taking description of flying. Simply by offering two quick comparisons of flight and by using descriptions that would normally be associated with movement in water. Dickinson used common language in startling ways – a strategy called ‘de familiarization.’
The both poems are about nature. ‘A bird came down the walk’ is about a bird that Dickinson has seen walking down her garden. ‘Daffodils’ is about the amazement that Wordsworth has in these daffodils that he seen a few years back. Both writers use a formal structure and use personification and similes throughout the poems.
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