William Wordsworth

Comments & Themes

    • Romantic forms of autobiography. The Prelude


    • The metaphysical poetics of nature.


    • The poetics of experience, memory


    • Give a brief synopsis of the main ideas expressed in the Preface of the Lyrical Ballads. What are the characteristics of the new poetics? Sum up the new innovative theories of poetry. Language, definition of poetry, What is a poet?, humble and rustic life, spontaneity, freshness of sensations, the natural and the supernatural, poetic subject, diction, style,


    • Compare the new Romantic aesthetics, as formulated in the Preface to The Lyrical Ballads with Neoclassic ideals.


    • Understanding and Imagination two poles of Romantic epistemology


    • Why does the child emerge as a figure of unprecedented interest in the Romantic period? Analyze the child figure in Wordsworth's poems. The philosophical implications of childhood.


    • The lyric and the narrative element in The Lyrical Ballads.


    • Analyze the ideal female figure in the Lucy poems. By what similes is Lucy evoked?


    • The influence of nature in forming and sustaining mind and character in "Tintern Abbey".


    • Nature and the sublime in "Tintern Abbey".


    • The role of imagination and memory in "Tintern Abbey".


    • The mysticism of childhood in "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"


    • The inner progress of the self in "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"