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Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: Laurak123 (
Date: October 28, 2003 11:55AM

Was wondering what people thought of the theme of solitude in wordsworths poetry and any other poets of the time? Have to write a 5,000 word essay on it and its a bit daunting!

Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: -Les- (
Date: October 28, 2003 12:07PM

You might want to look at Poe's "Alone".


Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: Laurak123 (
Date: October 28, 2003 12:11PM

thanks will do!

Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: Marian-NYC (
Date: October 28, 2003 01:16PM is a great resource for this kind of problem.

Choose the VERSE tab, then search for "alone" and "solitude" and "lonely" and anything else you can think of.

You'll get a lot of things you can't use ("man does not live by bread alone" and such things), but you'll also see those words used in many ways by many poets, some of them Wordsworth's contemporaries.

Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: Pam Adams (134.71.192.---)
Date: October 28, 2003 10:02PM

Once you've got some poems- try to decide- are they in favor of solitude?, against solitude? - try to find a common theme.

HINT- quoting from the poems will help use up your 5000 words. If you're doing more than two lines, set them apart, centered. Looks better that way.


Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: RJAllen (193.114.111.---)
Date: October 29, 2003 12:04PM

Thomas Lovell Beddoes. An earlierpoet who Wordsworth knew, Cowper, esp The Castaway.

Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: Laurak123 (
Date: October 29, 2003 02:36PM

Thankyou everyone! You've all been really helpful. Much appreciated!

Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: Jean-Paul (
Date: December 06, 2003 06:32PM

Also, decide whether you will write using either the "Direct" approach or the "Indirect" approach.
In the "direct" approach, you will have a point to make and then you will back it up.
In the "Indirect" approach, you present the material and then you make a conclusion.
These are rules of thumb and you can mix and match approaches; however, well defined structure is necessary to create a quality essay.
Definitely create an outline first.

Post Edited (12-06-03 17:33)

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"

Re: Solitude in wordsworth
Posted by: IanB (
Date: December 06, 2003 07:30PM

Wordsworth's poem about daffodils might be a good starting point:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

This seems more about the conflict between the pains and the joys of solitude, than about the flowers. 'Lonely as a cloud' is a strange simile. How often do you see just one cloud floating over the landscape?! He must have had loneliness on his mind. The rhyme of crowd with cloud introduces the theme - the reconciliation of the conflict through his realization that he can both retain the 'bliss of solitude' and call up the pleasurable image of himself as part of a multitude, that 'jocund company'.

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