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Strange Fits of Passion have I Known

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Juwayriyah Siddiqui

on 13 December 2012

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Strange Fits of
Have I Known William Woodsworth Stanza Paraphrase Schemes
Tropes Thematic Structure History Poetic Literary Emphasis Strange fits of passion have I known William Wordsworth born in England (1770-1850)
Went to France
Met a girl named Annette
Had a baby girl out of wedlock
Wordsworth ran out of money and time so he went back to England
The war made it difficult for them to meet
Wordworth went back to England in 1802 to tell Annette about his second marriage with Mary Hutchinson
Left with a sense of guilt
Deepened romantic inspiration and resulted in a theme of abandoned women in most of his poetries. Tone Prose Statement
The poem is about a passionate lover and his journey to his lover's house. He travels on his horse on this journey as the moon sets down and describes his thoughts for her along the way. As the moon sets down and drops, Wordsworth suddenly realizes that Lucy is gone. The horse moves its foot after foot and was getting close to the cottage. All of a sudden the moon light now coming from behind the cottage disappears from the sky as the moon sets down; it gets dark. This is the time when author has shifted the tone of the poem from emotional to an isolated one. In one of those sweet dreams I slept,
Kind Nature's gentlest boon!
And all the while my eye I kept
On the descending moon Its almost like he is taking the reader on his journey; it seems real because he describing what he sees on his way. in this stanza he has reached the orchard, a land devoted to the trees. Once again, he notices the moon sinking When she I loved looked every day
Fresh as a rose in June,
I to her cottage bent my way,
Beneath an evening-moon. Upon the moon I fixed my eye,
All over the wide lea;
With quickening pace my horse drew nigh
Those paths so dear to me. The narrator tells us how he goes through a phase -these fits of passion. He also says that he will tell this story only to those who will understand what he is going through (true lovers). Strange fits of passion have I known:
And I will dare to tell,
But in the lover's ear alone,
What once to me befell. Wordsworth says they used to see eachother everyday and he describes her appearance: fresh as a rose in June (fresh roses don't live long). she lives in a cottage and he goes to her house to see her at night when the moon is up in the sky. Third stanza of the poetry in which the author goes back in time and explains how he traveled to Lucy's house (on a horse). he kept looking at the moon almost like it is giving him the energy to travel. In the last line he says the path he is riding is horse on is dear to him which could mean he had been going from this way many times that now its dear to him. And now we reached the orchard-plot;
And, as we climbed the hill,
The sinking moon to Lucy's cot
Came near, and nearer still. For the first two lines of the stanza he has gone back to the sweet memories of Lucy. He begins to praise nature as it allows him to sleep and think about Lucy. He comes back to storytelling and says his eyes are kept on the descending moon. My horse moved on; hoof after hoof
He raised, and never stopped:
When down behind the cottage roof,
At once, the bright moon dropped. What fond and wayward thoughts will slide
Into a Lover's head!
'O mercy!' to myself I cried,
'If Lucy should be dead!' tone shifts
dramatic subdued shocking
subdued tone helps create an enchanting atmosphere Setting connects with Lucy
shows characters dedications
improves tone Anastrophe emphasize the stage of fits he's having
telling us that the way he's feeling isn't normal
we learn that it's in the past Upon the moon I fixed my eye Second time the moon is being repeated
shows us how important the moon is
by using the word fixed, we see that it is the center of his focus The overall theme is about a mans' love and compassion for a women (to so much extent that his unconscious mind is what really is talking throughout the poetry.
Presents a tone about ever lasting love and devotion This is the final stanza in which the the poetry reaches its climax. The author reveals that Lucy is dead. The passion he has for Lucy made him forget about her . He got so lost in story telling and remembering the good times with her that he forgot his love is dead. What reminded him Lucy's disappearance is the moon setting down and the moon light disappearing from the sky. As the tone of the poetry shifts, it tells the author to get back to reality as the "moon of his life" is no more seen. Repetition The words "and" and "moon" are constantly being repeated Sound Pattern ABAB
Iambic tetrameter and Iambic trimeter
Passive voice Simile Fresh as a rose in June,
comparing Lucy to a rose What do you think the major theme is about? What do you think the poem emphasizes on? Which literary device is used more often throughout the poem? A fictional novel by James Tipton
based on Wordsworth and Vallon's
love story. The theme of this book
is also isolation. Final
Judgements Emphasis on dreams
Throughout the poem one may say Wordsworth is unaware of his surroundings, he is unconscious - can relate this to dreams. Imagery roses, lea, orchard plot, hill and most importantly the moon In one of those sweet dreams I slept Simple Diction
Small, but very deep meaning
Emotionally Engaging
(suspense, mystery, etc) Do you believe that Lucy is actually dead? If you were to meet the author, what two questions would you ask him? The inversion of the usual order of words or clauses I told her this: her laughter light
Is ringing in my ears:
And when I think upon that night
My eyes are dim with tears Why did he remove this stanza? Manal Maqbool, Jasmeen Kaur and Juwayriyah Siddiqui http://www.eliteskills.com/analysis_poetry/Strange_Fits_of_Passion_Have_I_Known_by_William_Wordsworth_analysis.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_fits_of_passion_have_I_known THE END :)
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