January 25, 2018
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The lines in the poem, romantic chasm, mighty fountain, thresher’s flail and sacred river provide a sense of sexual overtones to the piece. Then the the dominating words like forced, beneath, and wailing provide a sense of forced feelings toward the sexual overtones. With the use of the such forceful sexual overtones layered beneath that of nature and the beauty of the undiscovered nature there is a metaphor running between how he feels about mankind’s ability interact with nature and conquer and the conquering of a sexual conquest. Basically saying the mankind has raped nature in an attempt to conquer it.
I thought that this section really highlighted Romanticism by putting an emphasis on nature and its beauty and how it is close to God. The speaker himself knows of its importance and wants his child live closer to God, rejecting the urbanization of the world by choosing to raise his son away from the city, and bringing him up with nature instead.
Coleridge echos the Romantic theme of childhood being closer to the divine, and how the experienced can see through the child’s eyes and remember the wonder of nature viewed for the first time. The author describes how he was “reared in the great city” and the only brush with nature was through “the sky and stars.” But this child will be taught by the vistas described, bringing the Prospect Convention into clear focus, and through the wild mountains, lakes, and sky, God Himself will teach the child, showing the pantheistic God “in all, and all things in himself.”
This stanza was very telling to me of a Romantic mindset. “We receive but what we give, and in our life alone does Nature live”. Basically, Coleridge is pointing out that we get what we give and we disregard nature. What we get out of that is this “inanimate cold world”. It shows that we need to look into our souls to appreciate life and nature at its fullest-something Wordsworth also reiterated again and again in his works.
That’s a good point. I think the concept of “half creation,” which we discussed in Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey,” is also relevant here. The soul within needs to meet the soul without in order for cultivation and harmony to be achieved. This emphasis on what the poet brings to his experience of nature, the agency of his creative imagination is what enables the Romantic to avoid the perils of Idealism–complete subjectivity and isolation–and the horrors of materialism: a merely mechanistic world of fixed and repetitive natural laws. To judge from this poem, that faculty can be lost or eroded, and this appears to be what Coleridge is lamenting about himself in “Dejection.”
I found this poem to be a great example of the relationship between children and the divinity of Nature. Coleridge feels as if he did not get the experience he necessarily wanted as a child as he was in the classroom during summer and growing up in the city where a relationship with Nature was not readily available. He envisions for his son a childhood and experience much closer to Nature than he ever had.
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April 27, 2018 at 2:08 pm
This poem emphasizes the cyclical qualities of life. This stanza acknowledges the transition from the innocence of youth into a complicated older society. It demonstrates how happiness and youth are fleeting. In the previous stanza we are told about a carefree old man. He demonstrates how in our old age we might return to the same wonderous joy of youth. Although the elderly might posess this same happy disposition, the still carry wisdom and pain with the memories of a complicated life. Many reminisce about the simplicity of being a young girl or boy where everything is exciting and new. It takes a realist perspective where, “The sun does descend,/And our sports have an end.” This poem demonstrates how neither happiness nor sorrow are permanent afflictions. The cycle continues with no true end in sight.
April 27, 2018 at 1:58 pm
In the final stanza we see that, while the narrator doesn’t truly move to the Lake Isle of Innisfree, he takes the isle with him in his thoughts, memory, and temperament. He is expressing how he will take refuge in his memory of the isle in order to live amongst society while embracing a feeling of peace and connection with nature. Even, “While [he stands] on the roadway, or on the pavements grey”, he is able to connect with the Isle in his , “deep heart’s core” and in his soul. This is a form of escapism, while he still allows himself to be somewhat entrapped by a materialistic society. He gives in to most social conventions while holding on to romantic ideals.
April 27, 2018 at 1:48 pm
This poem reminds me of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. The narrator desires to escape from society by living alone in nature. This is likely in response to an increasingly industrialized society. He glorifies nature and it’s peaceful qualities by describing the Lake of Innisfree with a natural supernaturalist perspective. This sort of ideal is expressed often throughout the arts and can be described as a romantic perspective.
April 26, 2018 at 1:51 pm
The final stanza in Dover beach is provoking in that Arnold speaks to lover about a dark and unhappy world. His is a realists perspective, likely in light of a declining faith in humanity and religion. This is a time, “Where ignorant armies clash by night”. In the dawn of industrialization conflict seems prevalent as society becomes materialistic. At this time society was fighting unaware over materialistic, and capitalistic reasons. Arnold has lost faith in humanity and struggles to move past, “The eternal note of sadness”. His is a romantic perspective where he looks at war, materialism, industrialization, and capitalism, as a true decline in humanity with no end in sight.
April 24, 2018 at 11:45 am
This poem exemplifies the transcendent ideals of writers in this period. “I’m happiest when most away” followed by, “I can bear my soul from its home of clay” suggests that the author finds happiness in spirit. She desires a freedom that comes with escaping the physical world before her. The, “home of clay” she speaks of is likely her physical body. In some religions a deity creates humans with clay. This poem is likely demonstrating escapism where the author would enjoy escaping reality if only in spirit. This is likely a response to industrialization which tends to strengthen attachment to the physical/material aspects of society.
April 24, 2018 at 12:13 am
Yes, definitely hearing your lover tell you they love you while meaning it is beautiful to the soul. Sometimes, though, feeling it is more important. The passionate intensity throughout the whole poem shows that she does need to hear it more than feel it. It soothes the soul to hear your lover telling you how they love you.
April 24, 2018 at 12:02 am
The forbidden fruit is indeed strong throughout the whole of the poem, I wholeheartedly agree. It seems that Laura is full of curiosity, but is that on the whole wrong? I think Lizzie’s warnings are what made Laura curious; a lot like the parent telling the teenager not to do something which in tern makes the teenager even MORE inclined to do it.
April 23, 2018 at 10:54 pm
This whole poem brings to mind an ending, as in a changing of the season; possibly a spring straight into winter. There is a loss and isolation feel to it, especially at the mention of Danae. I do love winter and I know now everyone does, which is why to me this feels like he’s writing about an ending of a beautiful spring.
April 23, 2018 at 9:52 pm
There are two phrases that stand out to me in this: train-oil breath and petitionary growl. I have no idea why, but the first thing that came to my mind is world weariness. Carlyle is excellently descriptive about this Hyperborean Bear, this Russian Smuggler. Carlyle is trying to explain to him that he is absolutely not interested and who can blame him? It’s only after he shows the Russian his pistols that the Russian backs off. An everlasting no? If the pistols hadn’t dissuaded him, Carlyle might have been involved in a Duel, which is not something he wanted.
April 23, 2018 at 8:54 pm
I, too, thought war when I read this. The hope he shows until the stanza you mentioned was palpable, but so is his despair.
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