Analysis Of `` We Are Seven And `` Lucy Grey `` Essay

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As a romantic poet, William Wordsworth tempers with the idea of childhood, just as many romantic poets focus on children and their innocence. In his poems “We Are Seven” and “Lucy Grey” also known as “Solitude,” Wordsworth offers his readers the vantage point of viewing children in a new light. Wordsworth suggests reciprocal learning occurs between adults and children. Specifically in these two poems, children epitomize conventional discourses that need to be challenged in life. In “We Are Seven” Wordsworth paints the picture of a simple, innocent child before continuing with story which teaches readers how children 's’ simplistic views on life and death are worth consideration. As he begins setting up his story he gives the young girl ethos and logos through appearance. When describing the child, Wordsworth characterizes her as a young cottage girl, “And feels its life every limb,” (3). The quote expresses she has a self-awareness of life, one of which adults may no longer posses. She is overtly aware of her life and does not take it for granted, instead she embraces it. This is just the beginning of her positive, non traditional view of life that would be worth adults considering. Wordsworth shows adults disregard for children and their sentiment on life in that same quote and throughout the stanza. His depersonalization of the child through language of which he refers to the young girl as “it” (2-4), further expresses how adults often overlook children’s capability of…

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