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Response to She Dwelt among the Untrodden Way
Samantha Wallace
English 125 Intro to Literature
David Moskowitz
January 17, 2012

Response to She Dwelt among the Untrodden Way

When reading a poem there are many elements to take into consideration. Some of these elements are tone, language, theme, plot, setting and symbols. These elements contribute to the reader’s response of the literature. When reading She Dwelt among the Untrodden Way written by William Wordsworth there were three of these elements that stand out to illustrate a specific picture. The three elements that will be reviewed are theme, figurative language and structure.

Theme is one element that contributes to a reader’s response, theme is the unspoken thought an author is conveying to his/ her audience. Wordsworth’s poem She Dwelt among the Untrodden Way may be interpreted to have a specific theme of the loss of person who is portrayed to be isolated. When the poem comes to a mysterious end we are left wondering who the subject is that has passed. “The poem ends with a final mystery regarding the speaker’s relationship to the dead girl.” (Robinson, Daniel, 2010 p 79)

Another element that sheds light on a reader’s response is the figurative language Wordsworth uses to convey beauty. The subject Wordsworth speaks about in his poem must be someone that holds great beauty in his eyes; He compares the subject to beautiful things in nature. The subject is compared to a violet: “A violet by a mossy stone Half hidden from the eye!” (Glugston, W. R. 2010 ch. 9). AS described in the World Book Advanced Encyclopedia “The blossoms of violets are among the most attractive of all flowers.” Another comparison Wordsworth uses is to the stars, “Fair as a star, when only one Is shining in the sky.” (Glugston, W. R. 2010 ch. 9). His comparison to stars reflects the beauty of his subject should be something to celebrate.

The last element to explore is the structure of She Dwelt among the untrodden...
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