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Written in Early Spring
I heard a thousand blended notes
While in a grove I sat reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.
To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What Man has made of Man.
Through primrose tufts, in that sweet bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure -
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
The budding twigs spread out their fan
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.
If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What Man has made of Man?
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maj:I have found this commentary written by a high-school student.
"Lines Written In Early Spring" is a classic Wordsworth poem. Basically, it expresses his love of simplicity, tenderness and love of nature.
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.
it did help me to some extent, but as i said i would love to have a line by line desc. of the poem because here in the exams we are given certain lines and have to write a detailed note on them,by the way here are some questions, i would like to ask, these are the q's given with the poem, i think answers on dis will really make the poem a lot more clearer.
1 where was the poet sitting and what did he hear ? In a grove, the harmony in nature.
2 why did the poet become sad thought he was in a sweet mood ? He remembered what Man was doing to nature.
3 what is the link between mans soul and nature ? Inevitably, Man himself is part of nature.
4 why does the poet become sad when he thinks about the activities of man ? Because Man has a power to change nature and Man is not treating nature properly. I suppose the idea of the new industrial technologies lies behind.
5 what is the faith of the poet ? He believes that Nature should not be spoilt by man. He would like Nature to remain as always.
6 what did the birds do ? why does the poet say that he cannot measure their thoughts ?Birds dance around happily as they are happy in their environment, which is nature. I suppose he cannot measure their thoughts because he is not sure they can think.
7 how does the poet conclude that the birds were happy ? By using the following sentence " the least motion they made it seemed a thrill of pleasure.
8 what did the budding twigs do ? It is spring and plants are starting to grow their branches, their leaves.
9 the expression, " what man has made of man ", is used twice in the poem.what does the poet want to convey through this ? Man used to form part of nature, used to live in harmony with nature but due to new technologies man has adquired a power over nature. Man has the capacity of destroying nature, of destroying the harmony with God.
hey another thing i wanted to know was, what sort of keywords do u type while searching for notes on poems, i tried many diff keywords, but hardly got any helpful results. i hope someone helps me through this and thanks in advance and specially to maj.
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