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William Wordsworth "Perfect Woman"

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Transcript of William Wordsworth "Perfect Woman"

Themes and Messages
This work fits into the romantic genre because the writer is influenced by nature and personal experiences. These two elements are obvious in the poem. It is writen regarding strong emotions (love and infatuation) regarding a subject. The over all message of this poem is perfect doesn't exist in a human form. The theme of this poem is love and infatuation and awe.
William Wordsworth "Perfect Woman"
William Wordsworth
A Perfect Woman
SHE was a phantom of delight
When first she gleam'd upon my sight;
A lovely apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of twilight fair;
Like twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, an image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.
I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.
And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A being breathing thoughtful breath,
A traveler between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly plann'd,
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.
Poetic terms
This poem contains...

-10 line stanzas with rhyming couplets

-The poem decsibes how the writer feels emotionally and physcially.

-Elements of imagery

-Personification







A perfect woman, who in the poem is descibed as an aparition, a shape, and a phantom.
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Background
Born: April 7, 1770
Died: April 23, 1850
William was born in Cockermouth, Cumbria, England. His mom died when he was 9 years old. This experience helped shape his later writing career. After he graduated grammer school his dad passed away as well. William went to St Johns College in Cambridge. During his last years in college he decided to take a walking tour of Europe which had a great infuence on his sensabilities poetically and politically. During this walk he witnessed a portion of the french revolution which made him sympathetic to the life struggles, intrests, and speech of the common man. After college William met Samuel Taylor Coleridge who was a writer as well. Coleridge helped him on a couple of his writing. All of these things had a great influence on Williams writitng career and have helped with some of his most famous peices of work.



During the poem it souded like he was describing someone who died (an angel).
This is William Wordsworth.
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