It is clear to see in both below the green corrie and in the prelude that Norman MacCaig and William Wordsworth both show a strong relationship between man and nature. In below the green corrie we see the narrator describe his experience of coming down a Scottish mountain range; he describes the mountains as highwaymen, pirates and bandits which makes nature more animated and entertains the reader, he also appears to take riches from the mountain. In the prelude we see a more traditional view on nature as being more controlling over man unlike in below the green corrie where it appears that the narrator takes away from the mountain, the language used by the narrator is more formal which proves to the reader that the narrator realises towards the end of the extract that nature is dominant over man.
We see in the prelude that nature changes the narrator and that he is forced to realise that nature is more powerful than him; this extract definitely shows the reader that we haven’t controlled nature as humanity claims as the narrator thought at the beginning of the extract. At first Wordsworth comes across as being naïve and confident as he first sets across the lake “It was an act of stealth/And troubled pleasure”. But slowly towards the end his upbeat mood changes to fear as he realises that nature is more powerful and that “No familiar shapes/Remained, no pleasant images of trees”. The reader can notice a sense of rites of passage of the narrator as he goes from a naïve ‘boy’ to a more understanding ‘man’. His journey across the lake is a metaphor for life, as he is forced to overcome obstacles just like any of us in life which is why many would relate to this. There is also a sense of guilt in this poem as the narrator feels he is perhaps punished by nature for his actions at the start of the poem by almost underestimating the power and relentlessness of nature. However, in below the green corrie unlike the prelude where the narrator changes during the...
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