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July 20, 2008

Imagery of Wordsworth’s Ode

Filed under: literature — Tags: , — hnim @ 2:44 pm

Wordsworth’s Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood consists of 204 lines and eleven stanzas. The readers are invited into Wordsworth’s belief that life on earth is a dim and shadow of an earlier, purer existence, dimly recalled in childhood and then is forgotten in the process of growing up.

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star, (59-60)

Human life is merely “a sleep and forgetting” that human beings dwell in a purer, more glorious realm before they enter the earth. At our birth, human carries the soul of heaven that becomes the light in human life.

For a brief moment, children are just like a white paper which is still pure. The children enjoy ‘the light of heaven’, whatever they do, and it makes them happy. They have no sadness, what they feel is only the happiness which filled their minds. They see the meadowland, grove, stream ‘apparalled in celestial light’ and feel the world alive with all the freshness of a dream. Everything has made them happy.

THERE was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream (1-5)


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