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Lines Written In Early Spring

William Wordsworth

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2002-06-09
Added by: Helen
I have to do The Prelude at school, but I like this poem much better.
Commentary FROM a high-school student
2002-08-07
Added by: Tom Frischman
"Lines Written In Early Spring" is classic Wordsworth. I like this poem in particular because it typifies English Romantic Verse. Wordsworth's vivid description of nature (which is his trademark) and his lamentations of the current state of mankind fit perfectly INTO a Romantic framework.

In this poem, Wordsworth contrasts the perceived happiness and pleasure of the natural world with the grim state of mankind. He introduces this theme with the last two lines of the first stanza: "In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts bring sad thoughts to the mind."

Wordsworth then suggests that the happiness of nature should be paralelled by a hapiness of mankind: "To her fair works did nature link the human soul that through me ran; And much it greaves my heart to think what man has made of man."

I found this poem to be so moving and eloquent in its description of nature that it brought me to tears (no kidding!). I do hope that my commentary has been helpful.
2004-05-09
Added by: Kritz
The story behind this poem is that it was written by Wordsworth on his return from France.He was in a nervous state of mind,having gone through harrowing experiences during the French Revolution there.
He was ashamed and frustrated by the violence of the whole event, and this disenchantment with regard to humanity is clearly evident in the line '...what man has made of man'

This poem externally seems 'happy' but actually it is a pensive work.

Personally, I liked ''Daffodils'' ...his more optimistic poem much better than this one.
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2005-01-28
Added by: shravani
The story behind this poem is that it was written by Wordsworth on his return from France.He was in a nervous state of mind,having gone through harrowing experiences during the French Revolution there.
He was ashamed and frustrated by the violence of the whole event, and this disenchantment with regard to humanity is clearly evident in the line '...what man has made of man'

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