Poetry Essay Topics

How does Wordsworth portray real people in The Lyrical Ballads?

Lyrical Ballads, and in particular the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, is considered a central work of Romantic literary theory. In it, Wordsworth discusses what he sees as the elements of a new type of poetry, one based on the “real language of men” and the work itself avoids the poetic diction of much eighteenth-century poetry,… View Article

The Daffodils by W.Wordsworth and Miracle on St.David’s Day by G.Clarke

Form and meaning of The Daffodils by W.Wordsworth and Miracle on St.David’s Day by G.Clarke. Pre and Post C20th Poetry Comparison. William Wordsworth wrote the poem “The Daffodils” in 1804, two years later after his experience with the Daffodils. The poem “Miracle on St. David’s Day” was written by Gillian Clarke around 1980. Miracle on… View Article

Wordsworth and Coleridge

Wordsworth and Coleridge saw themselves as “worshippers of nature.” How is this demonstrated in Lyrical Ballads? (an exam-style essay) Themes relating to nature are instrumental in the poetry collection Lyrical Ballads by William Wordworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As part of the Romantic movement, both poets strongly believed in a power and supreme beauty of… View Article

The poem ‘Nutting’ by William Wordsworth

Write an essay of which you analyse the poem ‘Nutting’ by William Wordsworth Throughout ‘Nutting’ Wordsworth uses many different techniques to help with the development of its meaning and effects. Written in the first viewpoint, it is allegorical with its focus being on a young boy going out to collect nuts, dealing with the past… View Article

What part does nature play in ‘Lyrical Ballads’?

Nature and the Romantics have a close, intertwining relationship. In the Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth writes, “the passions of men are incorporated with the beautiful and permanent forms of nature”, that “the mind of man [acts as] the mirror of the fairest and most interesting qualities of nature” and this reflects his feelings on… View Article

The solitary Reaper

Wordsworth is depicting a girl at the fields reaping and singing alone, the sound of the girl is magnificient and it makes him to tell people recognise and ‘listen!’ her , it is underpinned that the poet does not even understand the content of the song, yet he is enchanted by it, and lastly it… View Article

Demonstrate the persistence of Wordsworthian ideal of country folk

Demonstrate the persistence of Wordsworthian ideal of country folk, childhood and natural education in the two texts that you have chosen. Critical Essay by Rachel Gowland. Wordsworth, as a poet of the romantic era, had several themes, which contribute to this title. This essay will be looking at these themes and discovering whether they have… View Article

The poem Composed upon Westminster Bridge

How does Wordsworth convey a London of light, life and liberty in the poem Composed upon Westminster Bridge? William Wordsworth (1770-1850) wrote the poem entitled “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” on 3rd September 1802 after his first visit to London in July of the same year. Along with his sister Dorothy he passed through London on… View Article

Miracle on St David’s Day by Gillian Clarke

Miracle on St David’s Day is an enchanting, and ultimately optimistic poem relating to the theme of identity by Gillian Clarke. The poem tells the story of a man in a mental institution, who exceeds the expectation of both the nurses and his fellow patients when he regains the ability to talk. In the first… View Article

The importance of memory in Wordsworth’s “Daffodils”

Write about the importance of memory in Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” and Clarke’s “Miracle on St. David’s Day” The first of the two poems, Wordsworth’s “Daffodils” is about a man remembering that some daffodils cheered him up one day. The poem starts off with the person being described as a cloud and how he slowly joins a… View Article

Is Reading Enough?

Lyrical Ballads was an experimental book of poems written by William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge in the late seventeen hundreds. This book of poems was called experimental because the style it was written in was unlike anything of that time. In this collection of poems is a poem written by Wordsworth called “The Tables Turned.”… View Article

Pre-1900 poetry and Atonement Comparison

The poetry collection provides us with a myriad of examples of how many have to face barriers to love – some of our speakers struggle, whilst many prove love to be an indestructible force, mainly seen by writers during the earlier periods who followed more traditional values, believing in a more courtly style love such… View Article