Charles lamb essay
In the response letter written by Charles Lamb to William Wordsworth, Lamb gives his friend much more than an excuse as to why he (lamb) doesn’t want to leave his beloved city to go into the horrid country. Throughout the letter Lamb glorifies the city way of living. He refers to London as, “itself a pantomime and a masquerade, all these things work themselves into my mind and feed me without a power of satiating me” (line 15). The intent of Charles’s letter becomes quite clear to the reader; we realize it is much more than a simple rejection letter. The letter starts off with an apologetic tone, but as Lamb wrote on his intent became more and more clear. Lamb goes on to say, “I ought before this to have reply’d to your very kind invitation”( line 3). In a bit of a poetic way he jabs at Wordsworth. Not only does he, “never care to see a mountain” but he also considers Wordsworth’s home a place of, “dead nature”. Lamb wrote his letter in such a way that he says he, “could gang anywhere” with Wordsworth but then continues on to say that going to the country would be a desperate journey that he would not be able to afford, what Lamb means by this is he would not be willing to compromise his dear city so travel out into a place so ridiculous as the country. After starting off in a polite manner, Lambs letter takes a wicked turn. He turns sympathetic toward Wordsworth at one point and says that he doesn’t envy him but pity’s him instead. One can assume that Lamb is so intrigued and satisfied with the city he lives in that he feels offend by being asked to leave. So offend that he would go as far as belittling his friend because of a simple invitation. Charles Lamb says things like “I have no passion” (line 23), “afford so desperate a journey” (line 5), and “have I not enough without your mountains”( line 28-29), to set the tone of this letter. The tone could come off as a number of things, such as; apologetic, mean, harsh, sympathetic, and many...
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