William Wordsworth 's Poem, A Half Hidden Violet And A Shining Star

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There is no doubt that Wordsworth was one of the representative Romantic poets. His Lyrical Ballads is one of the most significant poetry anthology after the Renaissance. I chose “She dwelt among the untrodden ways” and “I wandered lonely as a cloud” to analyze the Romantic ideas what reflected from these two poems.

Wordsworth describes a lonely and unknown girl in the poem “She dwelt among the untrodden ways”. Nobody praises and loves the girl who dwelt among the untrodden ways. But Wordsworth says the girl is beautiful like ‘A violet by a mossy stone/ Half-hidden from the Eye!’. She also ‘as a star when only one is shining in the sky!’. ‘A half-hidden violet’ and ‘a shining star’ seems are two conflicting images. However, romantic literature consistently uses contrast, exaggeration and imagination to describe items for expressing writer’s thought. Wordsworth as a typical poet of Romantic literature he used the two conflicting images to describe the lonely but beautiful girl. She is unknown and lives in the untrodden ways like a half-hidden violet. Nevertheless, although she is unknown, her beauty makes her like a star which is shining in the dark sky. This contradictive contrast deeply reflects the girl is different with other people in poet’s eyes. The solitude of this girl actually is the poet’s solitude. Her beauty also is the unpretentious beauty of poet’s ideal woman. This poem is describing a lonely girl on the surface, but in fact the poet is expressing…

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