Lines - William Wordsworth

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In this passage, William Wordsworth invokes many themes. These themes include memory, passion, love, nature, and sensation. As far as memory, Wordsworth describes how he remembers the first time that he visited the place which he is surveying in this passage. He talks about how he remembered the feelings and thoughts that he initially had when he look out over the scene and took in the sites, sounds, and other qualities that the area had to offer. These experiences also tie into other themes of this passage.

Another theme connected to memory is sensation. Wordsworth not only describes the scenery of the area he is surveying, but he also describes his reaction to each detail of the area. Each time he talks about a specific detail, such as the meadows or the woods, he describes his emotions toward the area, and this allows him to portray his love for the nature that surrounds him during this passage.

Love and nature also play a very important role in this passage. Wordsworth declares that he loves the area in which he stands at the time of the passage, and he also shows his appreciation for the nature that surrounds him. He is able to allow his emotion for this area to flow out of him when he talks about the various features of the area in comparison to different parts of his body, such as his eyes, ears, and heart.

The language that Wordsworth uses in the passage is very simple. He does not use large, incomprehensible words to show his feelings. Instead, he uses words such as anchor, nurse, and guardian to describe the way he feels.

When describing this area, Wordsworth shows that he is a sensitive and passionate man. His description of the area’s features shows the reader that he truly does love that place.