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"She Was a Phantom of Delight" Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Wordsworth Type: Poetry Views: 2272



She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and way-lay.

I saw her upon a nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A Creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
A Traveler between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly planned,
To warm, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright,
With something of angelic light.

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She was a phantom of delight is an islamic empire that was founded by Sultan ibn -aria (better known in the west as william wordsheart). It occupied the Northern France in 1567 and the former roman empire territories.
After the death of the sultan in 1850, small emirates revolt.
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| Posted on 2012-09-10 | by a guest


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It my belief that Wordworth\'s words are an expression of the true and deepest feelings he holds in his heart for the woman he loves - his wife. His words could only express his feelings for her in adequate terms as they run much deeper than words alone but they do convey how much he loved her to the reader of the poem.
JHDS

| Posted on 2012-02-08 | by a guest


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can anyone list the techniques which are used in this poemm??

| Posted on 2010-11-24 | by a guest


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the poet has taken great care in describing the woman. He calls her perfect and using careful diction he showcases her personality

| Posted on 2010-07-31 | by a guest


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This poem is extremely beautiful because it is written for his wife. It evokes romance and passionate love and affection. This poem highlights the beauty of the woman. "her dusky hair" "phantom of delight". The diction (words used) scrutinizes the woman as the persona compares her to "angel". Thus it reflects a very godlike and illusional (in a good way of course) atmosphere. The word "phantom" already conveys a sort of very unreal and spiritual ambience, which brings out the great significance of the woman. The imagery reflects a woman of divine beauty and of great status. The idea of perfection can be found here; a perfect woman of beauty possesses the power to seek grace and transcendental love. This poem also consist of excessive emotions from Wordsworth. It is obvious because he indulges in reminisce and was visioning his lover in an elevated status. Therefore the tone of this poem turns out to be very sensual and subtle.

| Posted on 2010-06-04 | by a guest


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There's no point trying to show off with wordy analysis it just makes you sound like a douche, doesn't make sense and doesn't help anyone.

| Posted on 2010-05-09 | by a guest


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Wordsworth is writing about imagination and the poetic inspiration. The first stanza portrays "her" as spirit-like and fleeting, totally elusive. The tone used is one of admiration and infatuation. In the second stanza he begins to realise that the inspiration for his work is, in fact, something tangable and attainable. As he discovers how to hold onto the fleeting imaginative drive in stanza 3 he discovers it is a perfect possession he is capable of maintaining. The poem elevates the mundane to the supernatural and, typical of the Romantics, has a degree of faith in a common "person".

| Posted on 2010-04-15 | by a guest


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She was a Phantom of Delight is William Wordsworth's love poem, which is about his wife. It talks about how his view changes. First, she is a beautiful girl he doesn't know, then he realizes she is beautiful, but more than that, then he sees her as she is, a beautiful, strong, comforting wife who is still slightly mysterious.

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest


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its about how his perspective of his wife keeps on changing with time, it is a beautiful poem!

| Posted on 2010-03-16 | by a guest


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Well I just began to study poetry but I can say that this poem is addressed to his wife. it's so romantic!!!

| Posted on 2010-02-26 | by a guest


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It's a man that depicts the woman who is in love with. He talks about her spirit as free and shiny one

| Posted on 2009-12-09 | by a guest


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she was a phantom of delight is mystical introspection of wordsworthian poetic justice related to religious pantheistic creed. in this the lady emphasised as a symbol of imagination in a stoic sense and poetic enumeration of ideas in keeping with romantic traditions and character efficiency to a degree of manifestation having augustan influence and trend. delight is a romantic terminology pertaining to wonder and beauty in a spiritual context . dr. radhakrishnan in his literary and philosophical expositions calls it ratiocination of humanistic relationship.

| Posted on 2009-11-11 | by a guest


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she was a phantom of delight is mystical introspection of wordsworthian poetic justice related to religious pantheistic creed. in this the lady emphasised as a symbol of imagination in a stoic sense and poetic enumeration of ideas in keeping with romantic traditions and character efficiency to a degree of manifestation having augustan influence and trend. delight is a romantic terminology pertaining to wonder and beauty in a spiritual context . dr. radhakrishnan in his literary and philosophical expositions calls it ratiocination of humanistic relationship.

| Posted on 2009-11-11 | by a guest


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h0w dare you all to say this is the worst poem you've ever heard?

| Posted on 2009-09-21 | by a guest


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I did not like it at all, it was stupid!!!!!It Makes me snore!

| Posted on 2009-02-23 | by a guest


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this may be the worst poem ever thank you very much!

| Posted on 2009-02-23 | by a guest


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what does the athour trying to say rom this poem??
and hwy you 3wrote it?

| Posted on 2008-10-07 | by a guest




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