The author of a poem has the power to simultaneously tell a captivating tale while using his words to illustrate a masterpiece; opening in your mind’s eye a portal to what reality they want you to experience. In “We are Seven” William Wordsworth utilizes this power and has his readers experience more than just a sixty nine line dialogue between a “little cottage girl” (6) and an older gentleman. In sixteen quatrains Wordsworth uses the form of his ballad to express his opinions on topics such as the contrast between maturity and childlike innocence, spirituality, the relationship between life death regarding their connection with joy. Innocence can be seen in many ways. To certain individuals it can be disregarded as ignorance, while others hold on to innocence because the world is so void of it. In “We are Seven” both sides are evident in the sixty nine line dialogue. Wordsworth wrote his ballad with a simple childlike rhythm as if it was from a story book or nursery rhyme. Even though its subject is death the tone doesn’t stay forlorn.
“My stockings there I often knit,
My kerchief there I hem;
And there upon the ground I sit—
I sit and sing to them” (41-44)
The previous four lines not only emphasize the childlike pattern, but its superficial simplicity shows how thinking like a child is bringing joy in the midst of what should bring sorrow. The young cottage girl is living happily by the graves of her young siblings John and Jane, carrying on in peace rather than…