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Strange Fits of Passion Have I known
Posted by: ZGIRL (---.fhsu.edu)
Date: September 04, 2003 04:56PM

Heaven knows I'm stuck on this poem. I've been working on it for three days now and still can't come up with a good paper. "Strange fits of passion Have I known" is written by Willams Woodsworth. Please someone should help me out and summarize it. I'll be more than greatful


Re: Strange Fits of Passion Have I known
Posted by: Pam Adams (---)
Date: September 04, 2003 07:12PM

There was some discussion of this last April. See if these answers give you any help. <[www.emule.com] />
For some ideas, try deciding- is he really asleep? is she really dead? who is he talking to? (For another- is Lucy real or imaginary?)

pam

"Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known"
by William Wordsworth

Strange fits of passion have I known:
And I will dare to tell,
But in the lover's ear alone,
What once to me befell.

When she I loved looked every day
Fresh as a rose in June,
I to her cottage bent my way,
Beneath an evening-moon.

Upon the moon I fixed my eye,
All over the wide lea;
With quickening pace my horse drew nigh
Those paths so dear to me.

And now we reached the orchard-plot;
And, as we climbed the hill,
The sinking moon to Lucy's cot
Came near, and nearer still.

In one of those sweet dreams I slept,
Kind Nature's gentlest boon!
And all the while my eye I kept
On the descending moon.

My horse moved on; hoof after hoof
He raised, and never stopped:
When down behind the cottage roof,
At once, the bright moon dropped.

What fond and wayward thoughts will slide
Into a Lover's head!
"O mercy!" to myself I cried,
"If Lucy should be dead!"


Re: Strange Fits of Passion Have I known
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: September 05, 2003 07:21AM

It's worth looking at the other Lucy poems too for a context: most famous is "A slumber did my spirits seal".


Re: Strange Fits of Passion Have I known
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: September 05, 2003 01:18PM


Re: Strange Fits of Passion Have I known
Posted by: KTA (---.dial.entanet.co.uk)
Date: October 18, 2003 09:33PM

could Wordsworth be taalking about poetic vision or what some call inspiration? The poet being the lover.

But in the lover's ear alone,
What once to me befell.

What fond and wayward thoughts will slide
Into a Lover's head!


Re: Strange Fits of Passion Have I known
Posted by: e.e. (---.dsl.elpstx.swbell.net)
Date: March 28, 2004 02:27PM

hi, im ahaving trouble answering some wuestions dealing with strange fits of passion, she dwelt among the untrodden ways, ans a slumber did y sporit seal, can anyone help?
what exactly is the speaker's strange fit os passion?
What is the role of the moon?
how would the first two lines of a slumber did..... be paraprased?


Re: Strange Fits of Passion Have I known
Posted by: Hugh Clary (---.denver-01rh15-16rt.co.dial-access.att.net)
Date: March 28, 2004 06:53PM

I will do that if you tell me who Lucy was.




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