`` I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud `` By Matthew Arnold Essay

807 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Nature is the hills, the water, the plants and the animals, but it is also humanity’s persistent surrounding. Humans reside in the realm of nature; consequently, the natural world is an everlasting centerpiece of literary expression. Through lyrics, poems and stories, readers are exposed to disparate portrayals of nature. This difference in interpretation is not surprising because individuals, authors, perceive the world according to their own beliefs, identities and even fears. In other terms, the perception of nature can influence and be influenced by individuality. The poems “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth, “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love” by Christopher Marlowe, and “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold exemplify the different ways in which nature works to captivate the human mind.

The authors’ respective works expose readers to imaginative, idealistic, and melancholic representations of nature. In “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”, nature is described in terms of its beautiful “hill, mountains and daffodils”. Although the poem emphasizes the use of imagination, emotions and feelings, the descriptions used are not unconvincing or excessively exaggerated. The ways the flowers, the water and the birds are depicted are grounded somewhere between imagination and reality. Similarly Marlowe describes nature in terms of its beautiful and fruitful qualities, but does so in a rather utopian fashion. He presents an idealized view of the natural world, one where…

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