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A Character Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Wordsworth Type: Poetry Views: 1126

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I marvel how Nature could ever find space

For so many strange contrasts in one human face:

There's thought and no thought, and there's paleness and bloom

And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.



There's weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;

Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain

Could pierce through a temper that's soft to disease,

Would be rational peace--a philosopher's ease.



There's indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,

And attention full ten times as much as there needs;

Pride where there's no envy, there's so much of joy;

And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.



There's freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare

Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she's there,

There's virtue, the title it surely may claim,

Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name.



This picture from nature may seem to depart,

Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;

And I for five centuries right gladly would be

Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.





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To me analysis is it's summary. My dear Ashirwad this is Aditi the summary is given in the fourth comment from this one. Thanks to that guest and this website. Sorry for inconvience.

| Posted on 2017-05-21 | by a guest


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To me it seems more about how nature effects human minds

| Posted on 2017-05-21 | by a guest


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This poem dwells on the complexities of human nature and the contradictions enshrined in character and personality.

| Posted on 2017-02-23 | by a guest


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The poem “A Character” written by William Wordsworth. This poem describes the dynamics of both society and the human character. William Wordsworth tried to explain the changes of people face expression in ceratin moods and the face of personalities. He is fascinated with human personalities in that we can be happy one minute and depressed the next. He describes the ups and the downs, the full and the empty. When he “marvel(s) how nature could ever find space…” for all the contrasts, he is thinking of the obvious dynamic variety in humans that is less obvious in nature. Of all the natural occurrences he has seen and been moved by, he now focuses on humans.
This poem is talking about the opposite of anything in the world. There are so many changes that always change especially the nature, human, and society conditions. It seems like a couple. If there is a man there should be woman. There is also there is also part of the opposite thing based on the William understanding about the world and nature. In the third line of the poem, he says “There is thought and no thought…” we can interpret that there will not an existence without another existence. There will be a beautiful in a couple that two complete each other
In the opposites, Wordsworth goes on to describe opposites within opposites like when he talks about weakness and strength. Strength can be over used like in any movie where the superhero accidentally breaks something. Too much strength can lead to disaster; sometimes there is strength in restraint. When there is strength, but it is left unused or used correctly, it can be just as bad as when it is over used. Balance is necessary for everything.
In the last stanza, Wordsworth seems to be relating this to and experience from his own life. There was a woman who he loved, but she had another lover. Wordsworth thinks he’s better for her. He says the man would ran away and leave her to continue to love him and grieve his absence. In the fourth stanza, he talks about how her lover not noticing her and the shame in not realizing what you have. He also talks about how his own virtue will come back and benefit him in the end (although, he probably hopes she’ll notice it). So pretty much, Wordsworth wrote this for the woman so she could realize she has made the wrong choice.

| Posted on 2016-08-15 | by a guest


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The first stanza meaning is:he is amazed how the world was created and the way we come in different races and the different moods we have(facial expressions.Thats what i think anyways.
Chadia Lamrani.

| Posted on 2013-10-10 | by a guest


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The first stanza meaning is:he is amazed how the world was created and the way we come in different races and the different moods we have(facial expressions.Thats what i think anyways.
Chadia Lamrani.

| Posted on 2013-10-10 | by a guest


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This poem describes the dynamics of both society and the human character. When he talks about the contrasts of the human face, he is referring to both the faces we make in certain moods and the face of our personalities. He is fascinated with human personalities in that we can be happy one minute and depressed the next. He describes the ups and the downs, the full and the empty. When he marvel(s) how nature could ever find space for all the contrasts, he is thinking of the obvious dynamic variety in humans that is less obvious in nature. Of all the natural occurrences he has seen and been moved by, he now focuses on humans.

| Posted on 2013-04-28 | by a guest


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I think he the theme is that opposites coexist in this world

| Posted on 2013-01-06 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is a woman\'s view/judgement of a man she has a crush on.

| Posted on 2012-05-28 | by a guest


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I presented this poem in school 35 years ago. At first I didn\'t understand it; or what to make of it. Now I am certain that it means that our emotions and attitudes directly/indirectly reflect nature, generally not the other way around.

| Posted on 2012-03-28 | by a guest


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i had to do this poem for school and i think it is about how everyone is diffrent.

| Posted on 2011-03-03 | by a guest


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I think he is describing the qualities of a philosopher

| Posted on 2011-01-31 | by a guest


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I think that he's talking about how nature can effect your moods

| Posted on 2009-11-16 | by a guest


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i think he is saying about his character when he was in his college.he is saying about his friends teachers and classmates and all his obidency that he had tried to console his headmaster and he is telling about the nature he got from his happenigs

| Posted on 2009-05-03 | by a guest




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