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Imagery in The Lucy Poems

Imagery Examples in The Lucy Poems:

I travelled among unknown men

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"And thine too is the last green field That Lucy's eyes surveyed...."   (I travelled among unknown men)

The speaker is inspired only in and by England. The reference to the “green field” to which the muse turns her gaze singles out England’s natural landscapes as a particular source of inspiration. One is tempted to identify Wordsworth himself as the speaker, for he wrote often of the natural scenery of his native Lake District in England. The speaker’s two objects of love—Lucy and England—are intertwined. Her final gaze on England before her death seals this connection.

"“She shall be sportive as the fawn That wild with glee across the lawn Or up the mountain springs;..."   (Three years she grew in sun and shower (The Education of Nature))

Throughout the poem, Wordsworth evokes a number of senses in the description of Lucy. The comparison to a fawn here is kinetic, bringing to mind a flurry of activity. The poem’s swift meter is particularly useful in evoking the bounding of a young deer.

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