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Lucy Gray Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Wordsworth Type: Poetry Views: 4587





Oft I had heard of Lucy Gray:

And, when I crossed the wild,

I chanced to see at break of day

The solitary child.



No mate, no comrade Lucy knew;

She dwelt on a wide moor,

--The sweetest thing that ever grew

Beside a human door!



You yet may spy the fawn at play,

The hare upon the green;

But the sweet face of Lucy Gray

Will never more be seen.



"To-night will be a stormy night--

You to the town must go;

And take a lantern, Child, to light

Your mother through the snow."



"That, Father! will I gladly do:

'Tis scarcely afternoon--

The minster-clock has just struck two,

And yonder is the moon!"



At this the Father raised his hook,

And snapped a faggot-band;

He plied his work;--and Lucy took

The lantern in her hand.



Not blither is the mountain roe:

With many a wanton stroke

Her feet disperse the powdery snow,

That rises up like smoke.



The storm came on before its time:

She wandered up and down;

And many a hill did Lucy climb:

But never reached the town.



The wretched parents all that night

Went shouting far and wide;

But there was neither sound nor sight

To serve them for a guide.



At day-break on a hill they stood

That overlooked the moor;

And thence they saw the bridge of wood,

A furlong from their door.



They wept--and, turning homeward, cried,

"In heaven we all shall meet;"

--When in the snow the mother spied

The print of Lucy's feet.



Then downwards from the steep hill's edge

They tracked the footmarks small;

And through the broken hawthorn hedge,

And by the long stone-wall;



And then an open field they crossed:

The marks were still the same;

They tracked them on, nor ever lost;

And to the bridge they came.



They followed from the snowy bank

Those footmarks, one by one,

Into the middle of the plank;

And further there were none!



--Yet some maintain that to this day

She is a living child;

That you may see sweet Lucy Gray

Upon the lonesome wild.



O'er rough and smooth she trips along,

And never looks behind;

And sings a solitary song

That whistles in the wind.





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can anybody give me one answer my question is
how was lucy gray lost? describe the efforts of her parents to trace her.
and please brief me summary of lucy grey.

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


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Poem Lucy Gray starts with the reference to a popular story of Lucy Gray. Wordsworth has represented Lucy as a child of nature. We can notice in the poem Lucy perhaps, often used to help her parents in small house works because when her mother goes out of the town, her father sends her to fetch her mother. But when storm comes before expected time, Lucy lost her way keep searching for the right path and mysteriously dies. Death of an innocent lonely child hits reader deep and leaves an impact of sorrow. In the end of the poem the poet takes help of supernatural theory to keep Lucy alive in hearts. People still believe that Lucy is not dead and her spirit roams and sings the songs which whistles in the air. This supernatural theme indicates how strongly Lucy was attached to her town and singing her solitary song implies how lonely she was. Tragic end of the poem leaves an everlasting impact on the readers.

| Posted on 2013-03-17 | by a guest


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Poem Lucy Gray starts with the reference to a popular story of Lucy Gray. Wordsworth has represented Lucy as a child of nature. We can notice in the poem Lucy perhaps, often used to help her parents in small house works because when her mother goes out of the town, her father sends her to fetch her mother. But when storm comes before expected time, Lucy lost her way keep searching for the right path and mysteriously dies. Death of an innocent lonely child hits reader deep and leaves an impact of sorrow. In the end of the poem the poet takes help of supernatural theory to keep Lucy alive in hearts. People still believe that Lucy is not dead and her spirit roams and sings the songs which whistles in the air. This supernatural theme indicates how strongly Lucy was attached to her town and singing her solitary song implies how lonely she was. Tragic end of the poem leaves an everlasting impact on the readers.

| Posted on 2013-03-17 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-12-19 | by a guest


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pls explanation of the poem urgent it will be gr8 favor

| Posted on 2011-12-01 | by a guest


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So basically this poem is about this little girl who walks in a stormy snowy weather and then goes POUFF. Wow... Now my question is what is the message?

| Posted on 2011-11-20 | by a guest


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lucy is nothing just wordsworth want to state that how free and natural a child born but the social custom (that is indicated by wish of her father)makes her ruine .

| Posted on 2011-02-12 | by a guest


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I think Lucy Grey is the daughter of the wonderful nature !! She is quite sad for quite a few reasons!! she lived on wide meadows and Wordsworth has described the tragic story of how the life of such a girl ended !!

| Posted on 2010-11-09 | by a guest


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I think Lucy Grey is the daughter of the wonderful nature !! She is quite sad for quite a few reasons!! she lived on wide meadows and Wordsworth has described the tragic story of how the life of such a girl ended !!

| Posted on 2010-11-09 | by a guest


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Lucy Gray is a nice projection of the society where child labourer existed. . . a girl child habitually obeying dad\'s call for a duty to her other parent. the suspicious death of Lucy actually shocked Dorothy who related n shared her depression or sadness with her dear brother. sir William has rather potrayed the innocent obedient child who was fearless to face the stormy night though unknown of the fatality of travelling on a snowy stormy path, unaware n inexperienced to face such an inclement weather n finally couldn\'t survive. so wordsworth is grt.

| Posted on 2010-09-15 | by a guest


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i am needed synonyms words of it
kamran khan mahar

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


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Have you never been to the Yorkshire moors - have you never looked down from the heights and seen the mill towns glinting down below. Lucy\'s father wasn\'t hurtful or horrible to her. To live as an only child on the moors makes you nearer to the nature and your friends are the animals. Lucy would not have been lonely she wouldn\'t know what loneliness was - that was her life, up on the moors. Lucy was more than capable of going down to light her mother home. They were a caring loving close family and her mother and father were distraught at her tragic end.

| Posted on 2010-08-06 | by a guest


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I believe Wordsworth took the tragic story of a lonely little girl who drowned alone knowing no-one would hear her calls very much to heart and immortilised her memory forever in the poem of Lucy Gray, that she should forever live on in our readings and debates,whether you like the poem or not you shall never forget the poem or the story associated with it,of a tragic turn of events that to be honest happens in everyday life,but years after such a tragedy how many of you can honestly say you can remember the childs name that was involved, not many im sure but you;ll all remember Lucy Gray thats for sure. angel123

| Posted on 2010-06-24 | by a guest


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I believe Wordsworth took the tragic story of a lonely little girl who drowned alone knowing no-one would hear her calls very much to heart and immortilised her memory forever in the poem of Lucy Gray, that she should forever live on in our readings and debates,whether you like the poem or not you shall never forget the poem or the story associated with it,of a tragic turn of events that to be honest happens in everyday life,but years after such a tragedy how many of you can honestly say you can remember the childs name that was involved, not many im sure but you;ll all remember Lucy Gray thats for sure. angel123

| Posted on 2010-06-24 | by a guest


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I love the theory of Lucy's journey being a journey of growing up.
The theory is that Lucy is on a journey (life) and when "the storm hits before its time" it is saying a great responsibility has been thrust upon Lucy to early, forcing her to grow up fast and when she is 'lost' and the parents go out looking for her it is them looking for the child they once knew as their own and when they lose track of her footprints at the bridge - a typical sign of change - and she is on the other side, it is indicating Lucy is no longer a child.
There are many opinions and theories I love - this was one of them but there are many more!
I wish Wordsworth could hear them, chances are his explanation is the simplest!
Millie R

| Posted on 2010-06-09 | by a guest


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And to the comment that was posted on 2005-09-19:
It says, 'She is a living child' because it is referring to Lucy as a ghost, DUH.

| Posted on 2010-06-09 | by a guest


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I've read this poem in English class and found it quite sad. I do think Lucy Gray died but I like to think something else happened to her. It's horrible the way her father treats her yet she is so helpful and obliged when she gets sent to fetch her mother. The most haunting thing is that she's so lonely; no friends, no other family it seems. It's like she's in her own little world and it totally gives me the creeps when it says she still hopelessly looks for the town, never looking back, singing to herself.
I loved it but it brings sorrow to my heart when I read it :(
Millie R

| Posted on 2010-06-09 | by a guest


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It was written whilst Wordsworth was at that time residing in Goslar, in Germany. Whilst there, his sister Dorothy, related a true story to him about a young girl in Halifax (Yorkshire), who went out one night and was caught up in a snow storm. The parents searched for hours and followed tracks to a canal lock, where the footsteps stopped. The girls body was later found in the canal.

| Posted on 2010-05-31 | by a guest


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He as the official poet of Britian for Quite some time.

| Posted on 2010-02-03 | by a guest


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To me, I feel that Wordsworth is one of the best British Poets ever.

| Posted on 2010-01-31 | by a guest


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i like this poem because it tells a story of how the parents of the young lucy came looking for her but neverthe less they found her foot prints but as said in the poem they ended instead of looking around where her tracks ended, they gave up. so i belive this is a sad tale of lost hope.

| Posted on 2010-01-25 | by a guest


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willioam wordsworth is amazin.lucy is truly a symbol of nature,..neglected and treated lyk crap!its only until we lose that w'l realise itz importance and significance.
tanaka

| Posted on 2009-11-03 | by a guest


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I chose this poem for my recital...i just simply liked it!!

| Posted on 2009-09-25 | by a guest


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I didnít believe that Lucy was a real character but a symbol or spirit like manifestation that is closely affiliated to nature and appears to be just that- nature.
In a modern context it can be conceived that this issues a warning on the exploitation of nature. Lucy could represent natural beauty or productivity which humanity takes for granted and abuses, seen through the orders of the parents. Where the parents are indicative of society and the pressures it places on the environment, the bridge can be seen as the point or boundary which limits human involvement and when Lucy crosses it, society has pushed nature too far. Also the apparent confusion experienced by Lucy when she goes out to complete her duty can reflect the disorientating effect human interference has the environment and ecosystems where animals and plants are forced to adjust their behavioural patterns, thus perplexing themselves and others.
Furthermore upon studying the teachings and beliefs of several Romantic poets, including John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau and William Blake, Lucy can be seen to follow an innocence cycle or specifically the transition from innocence to experience. The parents can represent society which has a negative effect on the youth by both corrupting it and removing its innocence. Or they can be seen as her tutors whose main task is to preserve a childís innocence or to protect the youth form the evils of society. Nevertheless the parents fail in their duties, akin to the way Victor Frankenstein insufficiently lives up to his parental responsibility towards the monster, and Lucy is trapped in a storm, the negative influence of society. Hence she crosses the bridge of childhood and innocence and into adulthood and experience. This is why the parents canít seem to find her but the poet insists she lives on- she is now an adult and different in incarnation to what she was before hand.
well thats wat i think anyway

| Posted on 2009-07-24 | by a guest


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great poem!!! ths who said that this is crap.. its becuz u gus dont know the beauty of poetry all you guys care is abt our daily luxurious life... you guys should think how hard was their daily life compare to guys!!!

| Posted on 2009-06-15 | by a guest


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Would there be something symbolised within the joining of the small hand and the lantern???
thanks for all your analysations as they show true insight and really helped with ideas for my own analysation. :) x

| Posted on 2009-05-12 | by a guest


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to "literature is fustrating" your english is obviously not very good so im guessing you dont read alot, if u cannot even write properly i do not think that you should put forward your opinion as it is of no use to anyone else.

| Posted on 2009-03-08 | by a guest


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lucy gray was a pure child, there's God in her(according to Wordsworth) and she has not yet been touched by evil thoughts or anything devil!
she's very obedient to her parents and is very eager to go see her mother! but before reaching the latter, she died(a tragic one)
here, we note Wordsworth pantheistic belief that God is everywhere and the child is 'living again' as if it is after death that she has formed this oneness with Nature...

| Posted on 2009-02-16 | by a guest


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this poem wants to teach us that children have to carry as many responsibilities they can handle and not more.

| Posted on 2009-02-10 | by a guest


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I thought the poem described the blurred line between life and death.
"They followed from the snowy bank
Those footmarks, one by one,
Into the middle of the plank;
And further there were none!"
The bridge could be considered a symbol of change, and how Lucy vanished in the very center of it, hence she is dead, but still "a living child" and she has blended into the natural wilderness that she cherished so much.

| Posted on 2009-01-04 | by a guest


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I think it is important to note all of the language that Wordsworth devotes to equating Lucy more with nature than with the life of a human. "The sweetest thing that ever grew / beside a human door!" (ll.7-8)Notice the juxtaposition. Lucy is growing next to the human door. Also take note of the other instances when she is compared to an animal (ll. 9-12, 25). Look to the usual tenets of Romanticism for more understanding of her love for nature.
Lucy can be assumed to be prepubescent because of her obedience as well as the comment that "no mate...she knew" (l.5). I realize that mate can mean friend but I think that this additional reading is valuable and should not be discarded.
Compare then this "sweet," obedient child with her rather gruff father. The violence of his actions in lines 21-4 seem a stark contrast to Lucy's syrupy goodness. Later when the parents go searching for the girl they are "wretched" (l. 33). Probably because of their worry but perhaps a commentary on their very nature as well.
Given these observations, Wordsword seems to give a noticeably partial treatment of Lucy while perhaps slightly vilifying the parents. The grown-ups just don't get it. It is only Lucy's youth and innocence that allows for a typical Romantic understanding of nature.

| Posted on 2008-12-19 | by a guest


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plz what r these comments i didnt get any benifit from them -- tomorrow is my exam -- may allah lead me 2 success -

| Posted on 2008-11-21 | by a guest


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William Wordsworth has five Lucy poems, and oddly enough, this isn't one of them. I have already analyzed two of the five poems for english class, and they are quite mystifying. I have no idea what this one is about, but the connection between nature and this girl's life is very definite.

| Posted on 2008-10-08 | by a guest


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Americans are truley ignorant creatures are they not?

| Posted on 2008-10-06 | by a guest


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honestly, how can you enjoy reading and analysing this shit when it makes no sense. im gona fail english cos we have 2 write stupid ass essays on shit like this.omfg
| Posted on 2008-06-26 | by a guest
AMAZING POST, AMAZING

| Posted on 2008-09-25 | by a guest


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A beautiful connection between children and nature:)
I really like this poem, the way Wordsworth connects nature and Lucy...how nature which Lucy was so close to was the thing that took her life, likewise God who Wordsworth was close to 'took' the life of his mom. Also, one may deduce from the poem that when lucy was alive, she 'had no mate, no comrade' which is not usual of children as one expects to see them playing around with other kids, it may suggest that when she was alive, it was as if she were dead; but now when she's dead with her oneness with nature she's alive:)

| Posted on 2008-09-14 | by a guest


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Yoyoyo this poem is so gangsta i love this poem man. William Wordsworth be a playa hata and he know it. He was hatin on my family back in 1800 and he put a cap in ma great great great great granddadda and he is a gangsta

| Posted on 2008-09-02 | by a guest


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Lucy gray is real because she is my nan and she is sitting next to me so clearly she isnt DEAD ! so whoever wrote that poem is right because my nan has a beautiful face.

| Posted on 2008-07-23 | by a guest


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This is a beautiful poem. It almost doesn't matter what it means - it is lyrical and lilting and falls on the tongue like a melody. I love the image of "no mate, no comrade" Lucy is free upon the moor - and happy it seems, even after being lost in a snowstorm, her spirit lingers on as part of the beautiful nature she grew up in. There is a sense of oneness with nature here. I wish to be so free. Wordsworth is truly worthy of his words.

| Posted on 2008-06-28 | by a guest


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honestly, how can you enjoy reading and analysing this shit when it makes no sense. im gona fail english cos we have 2 write stupid ass essays on shit like this.omfg

| Posted on 2008-06-26 | by a guest




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