Comparative Analysis of William Wordsworth's Poems

Topics: Ode: Intimations of Immortality, Childhood, Life Pages: 4 (1261 words) Published: September 24, 2013
`Sumon Das Professor: John Wang
7/18/2013English 165W
Wordsworth Meets Nature and the Beggar
In “Old Cumberland Beggar” Wordsworth tries to make a connection between the beggar and the nature, where in “Ode: Intimations of immortality from recollections of Early Childhood” he tries to connect himself with the nature. In these two poems Wordsworth makes connection with nature, but with different characters. In “Old Cumberland Beggar”, the author gives the villagers (also the reader) the message of how the old beggar is part of the nature whereas in “Ode: Intimations of immortality from recollections of Early Childhood”, the author himself is lost between maturity and the childhood innocence and the connection of his childhood with nature. This is where the two poems differ. In one poem the author is perfectly fine with connecting a stranger with nature while in the other poem the author himself is having difficulty to make a connection with nature. However, in both poems Wordsworth shows how important nature is to us and as human, it is our job to throw ourselves as part of the nature because it has given a lot to us. Also in both poems Wordsworth introduces a problem and gives the solution to it.

“I saw an aged Beggar in my walk,” (Cumberland 1) and in Ode “There was a time” (1). Both poems start with significant memoir of the author. Though the start of the poems has huge similarity, the authors’ approaches at the middle of the poems are different. “So helpless in appearance, that for him

……………………………………………………………… They move along the ground………
He travels on, a solitary man,
…………………………………………………………. That none, the meanest of created things,
Of forms created the most vile and brute,
The dullest or most noxious should exist
A life and soul of every mode of being
Inseparably linked. While Thus he creeps
From door to door,” (25, 44, 46, 73-80).

Wordsworth is observing the beggar from far distance and he feels sympathetic for the...

Cited: Wordsworth, Williams.”The Old Cumberland Beggar.”Selected Poems. New York: Penguin, 2004.
Wordsworth, Williams. “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.”Selected Poems. New York: Penguin, 2004.
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