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Lucy Gray Analysis



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

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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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Context:

ThiS poem

reveals

when

Lucy

was

three

years

old,

Nature

herself

owned

her.

Nature

claimed

her

as

her

beloved.

Objects

of

Nature

will

lend

their

characteristics

to

Lucy.

Streams

will

take

murmur

from

her.

Nature

said

that

Lucy

and

she

would

be

one.

Explanation:

In

these

lines,

the

poet

depicts,

when

Lucy

was

three

years

old

Nature

claimed

her

life.

Nature

said

that

she

would

adopt

Lucy

herself.

Lucy

shall

be

its

beloved.

Lucy

was

the

loveliest

flower

in

the

world.

The

poet

has

made

use

of

a

beautiful

but

simple

metaphor.

Adopting

Lucy

as

Nature’s

lady

shows

that

Lucy

died

in

the

age

of

three

years.

It

also

explains

that

Lucy

had

been

brought

up

by

Nature

itself.

All

the

Natural

objects

took

their

beauty

from

Lucy.

The

poet

describes

that

when

Lucy

died

she

left

him

to

that

quiet

scene

alone

| Posted on 2016-01-28 | by a guest


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Lucy gray was a lonely child who grew up in the lap of nature surrounded by the warmth and serenity of the wilderness. the poem showcases her obedience towards her father. shew was extremely brave because in-spite of the snowstorm that was about to come, she took off in search of her mother and on the way lost her own life.

| Posted on 2015-03-08 | by a guest


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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 2011-12-01 | 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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