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"She Dwelt Among Untrodden Ways" Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Wordsworth Type: Poetry Views: 6199

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She dwelt among the untrodden ways

Beside the springs of Dove,

Maid whom there were none to praise

And very few to love:



A violet by a mosy tone

Half hidden from the eye!

---Fair as a star, when only one

Is shining in the sky.



She lived unknown, and few could know

When Lucy ceased to be;

But she is in her grave, and, oh,

The difference to me!





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GREAT POEM ABOUT LOVE AND AFFECTION FROM A MAN IN LOVE WITH SOMETHING SO BEAUTIFUL AND HALF HIDDEN ONE OF A KIND AND HE CANT FIND HIMSELF COMING TO TERMS WITH HER UNTIMELY DEATH

| Posted on 2014-05-16 | by a guest


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The woman = violet (metaphor) ~ star (simile)
violet is flower and it is a symbol for innocence and modesty.
The star meant in this poem is the venus. It is the evening star, the first star you see. Venus is the goddess of love and beauty.

| Posted on 2013-02-12 | by a guest


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a very nice and an inspiring poem full of love for the nature.

| Posted on 2012-12-04 | by a guest


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a very nice and an inspiring poem full of love for the nature.

| Posted on 2012-12-04 | by a guest


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Scholarly analyses in praise of the meter of this poem abound on the web, if that is one\'s criteria, but don\'t take my word for it.
Basically,I love the poem for it\'s emotional intensity and yet rounded simplicity.
It has a depth arising from the ambivalent quality of nature itself woven through it.
It\'s definitely a heterosexual poem, but I would urge those of other orientation to be not put off.
A common man of the earth who left such a valued and timeless legacy, Wordsworth\'s genius lives on.

| Posted on 2012-11-25 | by a guest


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Not sure what\'s up with the scansion of the first stanza, but it\'s just awful. The first line has a lot of errant and unnecessary syllables tossed in, and the third is a train wreck. From that point on, the scansion is very regular. Intentional, or just Wordsworth being a crappy poet?

| Posted on 2012-10-21 | by a guest


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This poem is about a plain looking quiet woman who may have been good, kind, talented and intellegent. Considered to be alittle pretty as long as there were no other women around to show her up. But he saw through her plain looks to see the true value of the soul inside her.She never recieved any praise or recognition when she was alive.When she died she left a deep pain in his heart and perhaps the hearts of the cery few people who botherd to get to know her.Sadly this Lucy is very much like myself.

| Posted on 2012-08-04 | by a guest


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\'She dwelt among untrodden ways\', is it a nature poem or a love poem

| Posted on 2012-06-08 | by a guest


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I guesss I don\'t have others\' ability to analyze poetry, but this has always been my favorite at a very literal level. Lucy is one of many of us who live our lives quietly, without fanfare. Even though we don\'t have a multitude of friends or admirers, those who do love us, do so ardently. And, when we go, those who will be left behind will feel our passing deeply. A quiet life, yet a beautiful life. Rest in Peace, Lucy.

| Posted on 2012-05-14 | by a guest


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Wordsworth was a nature lover, a pantheist. He loved mother nature very much and he didn\'t like to see the tranquility of the countryside getting destroyed by the industrial revolutions.Thus, he tried to show the world, the beauty of nature and how sad one would feel at the death of mother nature.Maybe Wordsworth is referring to nature or just an imaginative girl through \"Lucy\". However, this is a nature poem and shows the positive impact of nature to humans.Wordsworth appreciated nature very much, therefore he appreciated this girl named Lucy,who led a nice life close to mother nature. :) ***

| Posted on 2012-05-10 | by a guest


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She Lived Unknown refers to her pure, virginal state. Therefore UNKNOWN in the Biblical sense. ...Phil Medlow

| Posted on 2012-04-15 | by a guest


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\"she dwelt among the untrodden ways\" is good nature poem written by William Wordsworth .the poet compares Lucy to nature and nature to Lucy.in this poem the poet admires Lucy\'s modesty and purity and her beauty.but he is sad that Lucy is unnoticed and left along in the wild.she died unknown to the world.In the same way nature\'s beauty is unnoticed by the people.but only when it get destroyed people will recognize it\'s value.

| Posted on 2012-02-16 | by a guest


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This is a thoroughly mediocre poem, as so many of Wordsworth\'s offerings are. Occasionally capable of great poetry, for example \"Composed upon Westminster Bridge\", most of his output is trite and sentimental. This tedious ditty perfectly exemplifies both characteristics.

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


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the poems by William Wordsworth are the best poems for me .the narration of those poems are very simple .but that had a great idea.

| Posted on 2011-05-28 | by a guest


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as per my understanding the poem deals with the sadness evoked by the loss of a loved one. Accordingly the speaker of the elegy is admiring both her beauty and virtue, considering her to be part and partial of the nature is accustomed to. Yet, her true beauty could be revealed only to a person who sees through her along with the setting she is in. however at the end her death brings an unbalance to the picturesque natural setting the speaker was accustomed, leaving a deep sense of intense sadness in his mind. Since it is Lucy, who was a Violet by a mossy stone which magnified the beauty of nature he so much enjoyed.

| Posted on 2011-04-16 | by a guest


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this is really awesome poem ..i could feel every breath of William while he was writing this poem ..it is about a normal girl .. normal one who unnoticed by the other.
he wanted to let us pay attention to the normal life and leave the superstar um awhile
bibo

| Posted on 2011-02-27 | by a guest


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this poem can be seen as an elegy in the sense that he laments her death. it can be seen as a poem describing the beauty of nature through Lucy\'s character.
she is beautiful and pure. she is innocent. she is unnoticed by people.
Bayan Shunnar\\ the university of Jordan

| Posted on 2011-02-18 | by a guest


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nice comments and analysis and I really like the one that says LUCY is a mermaid , it\'s so convincing ...

| Posted on 2011-01-24 | by a guest


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I just connect this Lucy to a girl who is written by Zhangailing in her novel\"Hua Diao\".
It is also a story about Lucy.

| Posted on 2010-12-26 | by a guest


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This poem is personally my favorite. Mostly because the reader can view it by his or her angle and give this poem many meanings.. Nature - A women - A mermaid someone has commented..everything makes sense with thin...
Whatever that is concerned you have to make sure you make your point clear.
psduchess

| Posted on 2010-12-09 | by a guest


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I could be wrong; but I believe \'a violet by a mossy tone\' refers to her individuality and solitude beyond society, a comparison to the contrast that is a violet against a mossy tone. Something beautiful among the mundane.

| Posted on 2010-12-01 | by a guest


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I think \'LUCY\' lived by the river of dove unknown to many. She was so beautiful but had no recognition.The poet admired her and he was worried about her untimely death.

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest


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I think \'LUCY\' lived by the river of dove unknown to many. She was so beautiful but had no recognition.The poet admired her and he was worried about her untimely death.

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest


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I think \'LUCY\' lived by the river of dove unknown to many. She was so beautiful but had no recognition.The poet admired her and he was worried about her untimely death.

| Posted on 2010-11-28 | by a guest


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William wordsworth had a unique way of writing in a way his poetry sort of drew u in and made you feel his emotions i believe this poem was about a girl that he loved then lost but i dont think he ever really told her how he felt

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


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My interpretation, as you would see, is way different from everyone else\'s who I know that read the poem; including everyone that posted. I think this poem was based on fantasy/fiction. Although a bit unorthodox compared to everyone else\'s interpretations I believe that I have a logical explanation. I strongly believe that \'she\', Lucy, was a Mermaid. The first line of the poem says, \"She dwelt among the untrodden ways\". the word untrodden means \'not walked upon, road less or pathless, where the foot cannot be set upon.\' An element that suits this description is Water, which cannot be walked upon.\"Beside the springs of Dove\". Dove represent an emblem of peace. Have you ever heard of an evil or \'bad\' mermaid in stories? \"A Maid whom there were none to praise And very few to love\". To me this line simply means that there are few to none of her kind, \'mermaids\', therefore she would not likely have companions. \"A Violet by a mossy stone\". Most pictures/paintings I have seen of mermaids she mermaids were leaning against a stone/rock in the sea. Also, for the stone to be mossy their must have been water. \"Half-hidden from the Eye!\". Seeing that the mermaid was in the water/sea or ocean, she was half submerged where only her upper body can be seen by the eye. \"-Fair as a star when only one is shining in the sky!\". Shows how the persona expressed the mermaid\'s beauty or rareness. \"- She lived unknown, and few could know When Lucy ceased to be;\". Shows how as a mermaid she lived in secrecy or was just extremely rare to ever see.\"But she is in her Grave and Oh! The difference to me\". Means that she may be dead or alive since as a mermaid she will have a \'watery grave\' and since she is always in water she is always in her \'grave\'. The last line \"The difference to me\" shows that her death would only have an impact on him, the persona, since he was, maybe, the only one who knew of her existence.

| Posted on 2010-11-01 | by a guest


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she dwelt among the untrodden is a nature poem. I think the poet wanted to point out the beauty of an unpolluted environment. The girl lucy symbolizes the unspoiled nature. It further depicts through the word \'maid\'. nature gives every and each thing to man. but if man does not use it nature takes everything back. on my point of view the writer wanted to emphasize this fact on readers\' mind

| Posted on 2010-10-16 | by a guest


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for me, this poem is actually a revelation of a man\'s feelings to a woman written in rather ironic way but evidently full of emotions(well, if the one you love has already passed away and it\'s already too late to say how much you love that person, nobody can ever blame you if you feel that way).

| Posted on 2010-08-13 | by a guest


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I posted my analysis on a site I dedicated for literature. The analysis for this poem can be found here: x

| Posted on 2010-07-14 | by a guest


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This is Sarah's favourite poem in the whole world - - - she's borderline obsessed.
Paige is a man

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


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My school asked me to analyse this poem with some funny questions. I think it is very hard because i am just a child and William Wordsworth uses indirect language. The questions are:
1)Who is the speaker?(this is quite easy)
2)Who is 'she'?(that is also easy)
3)In this metaphor,(line 5 to 8)name the two persons and/or things being compared?
4)What feelings are conveyed in the last two lines?
5)What kind of place does the character live in?(although I think Lucy is not a character)
6)What do line 3 and 4 mean?
7)What is the poet trying to express in lines 5 to 8?

| Posted on 2010-05-02 | by a guest


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I'm sure there are many better and more educated
interpretations than mine, but this poem is lovely as a eulegy for a young or stillborn baby. That's what I am using it for.

| Posted on 2010-04-07 | by a guest


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As much as I can see all your points on this poem reflecting unrequited love, you are mistaken. Wordsworth wrote this poem about nature. Every stanza gives way to a different element of the earth. Untrodden ways means earth, springs=water, the mossy stone means plants, obviously sky means sky and Lucy is not a person. Lucy comes from the Latin root lux which means light. Wordsworth wrote this about the idea that people do not remember and care for the earth, we just go about our everyday not recognizing this as being the thing that has kept us alive and safe. And if she ceased to exist then comes the line "oh the difference to me" because there would clearly be a difference to us at that point.

| Posted on 2010-03-15 | by a guest


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according to my mind this is a great poem written by william wordsworth.The unexpressed love for Lucy is highlited here.

| Posted on 2010-01-24 | by a guest


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Thank you for the analysis people but stop repeating everything the last one says, because one may become intrigued of finding something more speceific or original, but it ends up to be the same you read just before! xoxo.

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


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| Posted on 2009-08-16 | by a guest


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this poem is about lucy who was known by only few people

| Posted on 2009-08-16 | by a guest


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"She dwelt among the untrodden ways" is a three-stanza poem written by the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth in 1798 when he was 28 years old. The verse was first printed in Lyrical Ballads, 1800, a volume of Wordsworth's and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poems that marked a climacteric in the English Romantic movement. The poem is the best known of Wordsworth's series of five works which comprise his "Lucy" series, and was a favourite amongst early readers. It was composed both as a meditation on his own feelings of loneliness and loss, and as an ode to the beauty and dignity of an idealised woman who lived unnoticed by all others except by the poet himself. The title line implies Lucy lived unknown and remote, both physically and intellectually. The poet's subject's isolated sensitivity expresses a characteristic aspect of Romantic expectations of the human, and especially of the poet's, condition.
According to the literary critic Kenneth Ober, the poem describes the "growth, perfection, and death" of Lucy. Whether Wordsworth has declared his love for her is left ambivalent, and even whether she had been aware of the poet's affection is unsaid. However the poet's feelings remain unrequited, and his final verse reveals that the subject of his affections has died alone. Lucy's "untrodden ways" are symbolic to the poet of both her physical isolation and the unknown details of her mind and life. In the poem, Wordsworth is concerned not so much with his observation of Lucy, but with his experience when reflecting on her passing.

| Posted on 2009-05-18 | by a guest


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i think the poem is about someones undying love for another person yet the writer is to shy to say anything about his feelings. Lucy is an innocent character due to here isolation as a 'Maid'. the "spring of white doves" symbolises her purity as she has obviously had no lovers. She believes that living as a maid noone will see her or ever love her hence being "half hiddden" but the author has obviously fallen in love. when lucy dies and is gone from the authors life, the author has now no reason to exist as he does. he is grieving and even though she thought she wouldnt make a difference to anyones life the author has noticed.

| Posted on 2009-04-21 | by a guest


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As "she dwelt among the untrodden ways", Morris reveals her living conditions of isolation away from the society. As Morris describes Lucy as a "maid", it shows his little knowledge of her life as the information given from this word is limited, however, it can also emphasize the difficulty of getting to know Lucy considering her life style.

| Posted on 2009-04-16 | by a guest




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