William Wordsworth

Tintern Abbey

William Wordsworth creates a mystical philosophical revelation and/or feeling when viewing upon the secluded landscape of Tintern Abbey.  This poem is more thoughtful compared to the Lyrical Ballads.  It is also a more religious, autobiographical aspect of his reflections.  This experience is subjective though because the scenery is only important because it is a stimulus.  Wordsworth gives specific details of the natural and the scene has had a distinct impression on his thoughts.  His sensations, through memory, have created this response.  To Wordsworth, the sublime equals the divine, or god-like.

Wordsworth’s reflections bring about an appreciation for one’s own life.  He is a pantheist; he believes that God is not apart from everything (everything is in God=Pantheism).  He believes there is a subjective reality, but a lot is brought on by perception while nature brings him the spiritual aspect.  His social relationship affects his relationship to his experiences.

As Wordsworth grew older, his perception grew less.  A “holier love” is his growth of transcendental reality.

The Prelude is described by beauty and fear.  Fear is awesome and wonderful, but not the way we know now.  Beauty is equal to goodness and truth.  Wordsworth was developed by “beautiful and awesome” experiences.  In the beginning we don’t amount to anything; we have no worth.  Personalities develop musically within us, but it is helped by an unknown force.

Wordsworth believes that conscience is being developed by a natural childhood experience where they develop a principle understanding of life.  In line 357 of Tintern Abbey, he stole a boat which is an expression of high spirits.  As a child he lost what is needed.  He recreates these situations for the reader to come to the conclusions themselves instead of revealing it all.  Therefore we realize the complex experiences and what we need to learn from them.

Idealists believe there is more to life than the senses and that these ideals are everlasting.  Wordsworth’s peers had a very realistic-material reality.  Wordsworth is trying to instill the ideas of the past, or trying to give them an appreciation for the idealistic reality that he is aware of.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Rime of the Ancient Mariner Monument

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner begins with a wedding guest who is entranced by the Mariner, who is full of wisdom.  At first, the Albatross is a positive omen then the Mariner confesses his killing of one.  Then he states that he has possessed a destructive nature.  In part four, alone denotes a distance from God; the isolation is a factor of his sins.  he understand his crime against nature and shows remorse.  Line 285, the beauty of the snakes refers to nature’s beauty and how it’s power is redemptive.  In part five, the Mariner has already suffered and been redeemed, but he will repent for his entire life.

By part seven, the Mariner has aged and the pilot is horrified.  The Mariner’s vocation to tell and re-tell the poem of his mission is an agony to him as a poet.  This relates to Coleridge because he felt the same parallel to his own life.  Artistic inspiration is not always a great experience.  It is a supernatural “force” to share the gifts.

The wedding guest experiences sad thoughts when he gained wisdom from the Mariner’s poem.  The poem is more in tune with general human experience than anything else.

The setting in Kubla Khan us representative of Coleridge’s view of the primary and secondary imagination throughout the poem.  Pure imagery and symbolism is more tentative in the conscious form.  Coleridge himself would become the mariner; he wants to reach the full creative ability, but can only do so under the experience of drugs and feels remorse of the loss of that ability.  He’s full of anxiety about his own creative abilities.

William Blake

Lover's Secret

William Blake is an author known for his romantic and lyrical poetry, born to London is 1757 where he was raised a devout Catholic.  His father was a successful London hosier who encouraged his son’s artistic talents (unlike most parents these days).  His mother educated him at home before he was sent to Henry Pars’ drawing school–where he first claimed to have visions of religious figures.  These figures included, but were not limited to, angels, ghosts, and the Virgin Mary.

Blake published many works although never being able to overcome poverty because he preferred to publish by himself rather than as a collaboration with other poets.  He was never recognized during his lifetime as a brilliant poet, but today he is highly rated as both a poet and an artist.

Lover’s Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind doth move
Silently, invisibly.
I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart,
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears.
Ah! She did depart!
Soon after she was gone from me,
A traveler came by,
Silently, invisibly:
He took her with a sigh.

Blake died on August 12, 1827 and was buried in an unmarked grave at the public cemetery of Bunhill Fields.

Appeal of J.K. Rowling

"J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life" - 7/16/09
J.K Rowling used an ingenious narrative while creating the Harry Potter series. She took an average adolescent and pushed him into this new world. We, as readers, get to experience this push of Harry’s into the Wizarding World. We, as readers and muggles, have never experienced what her version of this world entails. We have no knowledge of magic just like Harry didn’t. We can relate to the main character so well. Rowling even makes the transition so easily understood as we root for Harry throughout the epic battles he faces in her series. Rowling takes a non-magical person and submerges them into her books…she enchants her audience.

The appeal of her books besides her narrative and witty writing is the magical element. She created another world that coincides with our own. She made the magic in her narrative as believable as possible: that all of this could be right outside our door.

If Rowling’s world was the Medical World then her audience would be learning about the insides of medical school. This would be more factually based on what happens in medical school. It would be rather boring and not imaginative compared to magic. Events that happen in the medical world are explained and documented and real. When people read fiction they like to “escape” from their own lives and enter into another that can amuse, frighten, adore or even anger. Yes, medical school can fall under those categories but I don’t think Harry Potter and the Physician’s Scalpel would have sold nearly as many copies as the Philosopher’s Stone has. It is the allure of the unknown and the unexplainable that has brought us back book after book.