Also, the King had refused to protect the borders of the colonies thus resulting in the destruction of American life and property. Yet another source indicates he may have died of self-starvation. A gentle answer did the old Man make, In courteous speech which forth he slowly drew: And him with further words I thus bespake, What occupation do you there pursue? Sources conflict as to whether his death was due to arsenic poisoning as a suicide or an accident of self-medication for a venereal disease. It is curious, then, that the progression of similes—stone, cloud, stream—also identifies the Leech Gatherer with a metamorphic nature, a character in constant flux. First, the beautiful imagery in the first three stanzas: I could hear the birds singing and feel the brightness of the sun. I also particularly enjoyed stanzas fourteen, fifteen, eighteen, and nineteen where the old man is speaking and telling a portion of his tale. Once I could meet with them on every side; But they have dwindled long by slow decay; Yet still I persevere, and find them where I may.
At times Wordsworth also used imagery to explain a feeling he explored. It is learned that he is a leech-gatherer, and though he is old, he still perseveres in his profession. A man stood beside the drums, resting his weight on one of them, shifting his baseball cap with the other hand, gray hair falling from underneath. While he was talking thus, the lonely place, The old Mans shape, and speechall troubled me: In my minds eye I seemed to see him pace About the weary moors continually, Wandering about alone and silently. However, the poem was not written until May 1802.
Should those rights be violated and the government fails to protect them, the people have the right to protect those rights themselves by overthrowing the government. I personally enjoy listening to poetry because I feel that poetry is composed of feeling and emotion that is best communicated when recited aloud. Himself he propped, limbs, body, and pale face, Upon a long grey staff of shaven wood: And, still as I drew near with gentle pace, Upon the margin of that moorish flood Motionless as a cloud the old Man stood; That heareth not the loud winds when they call; And moveth altogether, if it move at all. The number of leech sellers on this single street in Istanbul suggests that the market for these wriggling worms is booming. Those who seem so very different from one another are often more alike than we or they think or are willing to acknowledge, as many a stubborn quarrel between parent and offspring attests. I was a Traveller then upon the moor; I saw the Hare that rac'd about with joy; I heard the woods, and distant waters, roar; Or heard them not, as happy as a Boy: The pleasant season did my heart employ: My old remembrances went from me wholly; And all the ways of men, so vain and melancholy.
This section of the Declaration also notes the attempts that had been made to peacefully work things out as many of the Americans still felt that England was their brother and had appealed to more prominent people among the British. The nothingness of the Leech Gatherer, however, exposes the gulf between wish and fulfillment a recurrent part of the Romantic map of things , undoing the very imagination that is ostensibly bridging this gulf. A good example of this can be found on lines 11 through 14. The poem is written in stanzas 20 composed of seven lines each iambic pentameter, where the last line contains one extra iamb , and a rhyme scheme of ababbcc. Posted in Tagged , , , , ,.
. No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed. The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of American history. And soon with this he other matter blended, Cheerfully uttered, with demeanour kind, But stately in the main; and when he ended, I could have laughed myself to scorn to find In that decrepit Man so firm a mind. In line 12, Wordsworth provides the reader the sensory image of sound or feeling, depending upon the listener. For though he is old, of no fixed home, and toils at maintaining a meager subsistence he has a dignity and cheerfulness about him. The poem contains a variety of different moods from the wonderful idyllic imagery in the first three stanzas, to the sinking into melancholy in the fourth and fifth stanzas, on to border-line despair in the seventh stanza, and finally through investigation to a hopeful resolution at the end.
He with a smile did then his words repeat: And said, that, gathering leeches, far and wide He travelled; stirring thus about his feet The waters of the pools where they abide. The imagery in this poem is very visual, but it relies on quite a few sound devices as well. At length, himself unsettling, he the pond Stirred with his staff, and fixedly did look Upon the muddy water, which he conned, As if he had been reading in a book: And now a strangers privilege I took; And, drawing to his side, to him did say, This morning gives us promise of a glorious day. Thus obliged to reconcile his eternal vision of Nature with his own finite condition, the Romantic poet too? His words came feebly, from a feeble chest, Yet each in solemn order follow'd each, With something of a lofty utterance drest; Choice word, and measured phrase; above the reach Of ordinary men; a stately speech! The reader knows from line 11 that the hare is running races in joy. Such seem'd this Man, not all alive nor dead, Nor all asleep; in his extreme old age: His body was bent double, feet and head Coming together in their pilgrimage; As if some dire constraint of pain, or rage Of sickness felt by him in times long past, A more than human weight upon his frame had cast. As a huge stone is sometimes seen to lie Couched on the bald top of an eminence; Wonder to all who do the same espy, By what means it could thither come, and whence; So that it seems a thing endued with sense: Like a sea-beast crawled forth, that on a shelf Of rock or sand reposeth, there to sun itself; Such seemed this Man, not all alive nor dead, Nor all asleepin his extreme old age: His body was bent double, feet and head Coming together in Lifes pilgrimage; As if some dire constraint of pain, or rage Of sickness felt by him in times long past, A more than human weight upon his frame had cast. Already with the Leech Gatherer, the stone simile suggests the rock-hard solidity of the patriarchal church.
While I these thoughts within myself pursued, He, having made a pause, the same discourse renewed. V I heard the sky-lark warbling in the sky; And I bethought me of the playful hare: Even such a happy Child of earth am I; Even as these blissful creatures do I fare; Far from the world I walk, and from all care; But there may come another day to me-- Solitude, pain of heart, distress, and poverty. God, said I, be my help and stay secure; Ill think of the leech-gatherer on the lonely moor! Behind his appearance of affirmation, the Life-in-Death Leech Gatherer suggests those limits which Nature—by its nature—imposes on us all. The first two stanzas set up the mood of the narrator through a description of nature. Still to their utter disappointment and their requests the colonies remained ignored and unsuccessful. This finely tortuous explanation, I feel, helps to protect Wordsworth from his own fear of Nature.
Resolution here takes the meaning of determination to succeed. We refer to it still today as we recall the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Yet these failures, and the confusions and contradictions of Wordsworth's young life, fed into the complex, subtle power of his great works. Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation pinkmonkey. Wanting to be what he wants the Leech Gatherer to be, Wordsworth reimagines an encounter with an old beggar in hope of shoring up assurances that threaten to evaporate.
The poem talks about the joy felt by the animals and birds after the stormy night. The Denunciation The Denunciation portion of the Declaration of Independence basically covers and finishes their case for separating from England in the hopes for a peaceful resolution, but with the clear understanding that war is almost inevitable. Facsimile: Oxford University Press, 1914, 1952. It is a poem well worth reading and I recommend it for your enjoyment and reflection. Resolution And Independence Analysis William Wordsworth Characters archetypes.