The Prelude

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The preceding excerpt from William Wordsworth's The Prelude conveys a sense of adventure, coupled with the downfall into the sublime, and presents a common day scenario in accordance with naturalistic motifs and dream-like ambience evident in romanticist poetry. The excerpt describes a snippet from Wordsworth's life—an evening ride upon a lonely boat that grows into a fearful encounter upon noticing a peak beyond the horizon, ending with the narrator falling into a troubled demeanor, termed as a "dark solitude". Being such a common day event, readers are engaged by Wordsworth's experience, and can relate to his responses to the naturalistic stimuli that he encounters. The verse form heightens this bond between reader and author, being more raw and accurate to each emotion Wordsworth experiences while going through the event presented in the excerpt, and Wordsworth's use of diction and imagery highlight the various tone shifts and changing narrator response. Specific word choice and diction highlights both the narrator's emotions and the underlying tone conveyed by the passage. The passage starts on a summer evening, where the narrator finds a boat tied onto a "willow" tree, unloosening the chain and disembarking on a little adventure, deeming the situation as an "act of stealth" or "troubled pleasure", his boat leaving ripples that glitter "idly" in the moonlight, as he fixes his viewpoint upon the craggy ridge of a horizon. Emphasis on the summer evenings, naturalistic settings, and "idle glitterings" exhibit a sense of dreaminess and summer-lethargy, as if the narrator has just stumbled upon a diversion to curb his bored self, an escape from the laziness that pervades a late summer evening. However, launching the boat perceives to be somewhat troublesome, and as such the narrator's interest is peaked, and his sense of adventure is heightened, as he fixes his viewpoint upon the horizon, with the outlook of a captain of a...
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