She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
END125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Demeterius Meyers
November 19, 2012
After reading the poem “She dwelt among the untrodden ways” by William Wordsworth, it seemed to be a romantic poem where the poet describes his love as well as his sorrows for a girl name Lucy. Throughout the poem the author displays the love the deep love he has for Lucy but at the same time shows the sadness he feels due to her death.
The author of this poem William Wordsworth was raised up in England’s Lake District. William’s parents died when he was a young boy and to cope with their death he started writing his poetry showing his love for nature. Wordsworth wrote this poem from one of his group of five poems called The Lucy Poems.
The theme of the poem showed a person of loneliness and unknown. Lucy was shown to be a girl that was alone in an untrodden place that wasn’t known to anyone. She was considered an outsider that was alone and no one cared to know. Lucy was hidden from the world but was beautiful to see, like a star shinning in the sky. She was all alone and lived unknown, and few could see. Lucy died alone!
The elements I found interesting in this poem was language, form and tone. The language Wordsworth used is a simple language where he uses words of one syllable. Wordsworth (1992) states, in his first verse the area where Lucy live seeming to be isolated “She dwelt among the untrodden ways, beside the springs of Dove”. In the second verse he mentions the way Lucy looks and her being pure like a beautiful flower hidden where no one could see “A violet by a mossy stone, half hidden from the eye! The last verse he talks about the way Lucy was, how she lived and the loneliness he felt after her death “She lived unknown, and a few could know”. “But she is in her grave, and oh, the difference to me”! The relationships of people with the natural world are expressed in diverse ways, including...