Literary Analyisis- She Was a Phantom of Delight

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The Romantic time period began in the 1700s and ended around the mid nineteenth century. This is where William Wordsworth began to shine his talents of astonishing poetry. One poem in particular is written for his wife, Mary, “She Was a Phantom of Delight”. The goal of this paper is to explain how the Romantic Era influenced William Wordsworth in his poem, “She Was a Phantom of Delight”.
To begin, “She Was a Phantom of Delight” was written by, William Wordsworth. He was born April 7, 1770, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. Wordsworth early learned to love nature, including the pleasures of walking and outdoor play. He equally enjoyed his formal education, demonstrating a talent for writing poetry. (4: 1705). He is best known for poet regarded as the central figure in the initiation of English Romanticism. (“William Wordsworth Biography” 1). Also, known as an early leader of romanticism in English poetry and he is ranked as one of the greatest lyric poets in the history of English literature. (Encyclopedia of World Biography. 1). He wrote it in 1803 but, it was published in 1807 which was of the Romantic time period. (Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum. 1). Wordsworth wrote this poem about his wife, Mary. She of who is his childhood sweetheart. (Wolfson, 1: 2481). “She Was a Phantom of Delight” is a continuous, lyrical ballad with perfect rhyme, and iamb rhythm pattern. The point of view is in first person in a calm, amorous, astonished tone. There is no particular setting to the poem but there is one character, Wordsworth’s wife, Mary. A paraphrasing of Wordsworth’s “She Was a Phantom of Delight would read as the following: My First was pure impression amazement. She was sent to be in the limelight. She seemed unreal. She seems ghostly. She is too beautiful to be human. Her hair and eyes both alluring. She has never ending beauty. She moves so graceful and lively but yet seems surreal.
As I get to know her more. I realize



Cited: WOLFSON, SUSAN J. "Wordsworth, William." Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 5. Detroit: Charles Scribner 's Sons, 2006. 2481-2483. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 14 Feb. 2012. " William Wordsworth." 2012. Biography.com 8 Feb 2012, 06:35 "Wordsworth, William (1770-1850)." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 14 Feb. 2012. "Wordsworth, William." Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2009. 1705-1708. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 23 Feb. 2012. “She Was A Phantom of Delight.” Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum. Arts Council England, N.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2012.

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