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Nutting Analysis

Author: Poetry of William Wordsworth Type: Poetry Views: 3437

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---------------------It seems a day

(I speak of one from many singled out)

One of those heavenly days that cannot die;

When, in the eagerness of boyish hope,

I left our cottage-threshold, sallying forth

With a huge wallet o'er my shoulders slung,

A nutting-crook in hand; and turned my steps

Tow'rd some far-distant wood, a Figure quaint,

Tricked out in proud disguise of cast-off weeds

Which for that service had been husbanded,

By exhortation of my frugal Dame--

Motley accoutrement, of power to smile

At thorns, and brakes, and brambles,--and, in truth,

More ragged than need was! O'er pathless rocks,

Through beds of matted fern, and tangled thickets,

Forcing my way, I came to one dear nook

Unvisited, where not a broken bough

Drooped with its withered leaves, ungracious sign

Of devastation; but the hazels rose

Tall and erect, with tempting clusters hung,

A virgin scene!--A little while I stood,

Breathing with such suppression of the heart

As joy delights in; and, with wise restraint

Voluptuous, fearless of a rival, eyed

The banquet;--or beneath the trees I sate

Among the flowers, and with the flowers I played;

A temper known to those, who, after long

And weary expectation, have been blest

With sudden happiness beyond all hope.

Perhaps it was a bower beneath whose leaves

The violets of five seasons re-appear

And fade, unseen by any human eye;

Where fairy water-breaks do murmur on

For ever; and I saw the sparkling foam,

And--with my cheek on one of those green stones

That, fleeced with moss, under the shady trees,

Lay round me, scattered like a flock of sheep--

I heard the murmur and the murmuring sound,

In that sweet mood when pleasure loves to pay

Tribute to ease; and, of its joy secure,

The heart luxuriates with indifferent things,

Wasting its kindliness on stocks and stones,

And on the vacant air. Then up I rose,

And dragged to earth both branch and bough, with crash

And merciless ravage: and the shady nook

Of hazels, and the green and mossy bower,

Deformed and sullied, patiently gave up

Their quiet being: and, unless I now

Confound my present feelings with the past;

Ere from the mutilated bower I turned

Exulting, rich beyond the wealth of kings,

I felt a sense of pain when I beheld

The silent trees, and saw the intruding sky--

Then, dearest Maiden, move along these shades

In gentleness of heart; with gentle hand

Touch--for there is a spirit in the woods.


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William Wordsworth writes in blank verse with iambic pentameter and no regular rhyme scheme. It is a very disturbing poem - and I wish no-one would read it 'cos it is sick.

| Posted on 2014-01-06 | by a guest

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The poem is all about sex, william is a pervert and all he can think about is sex, so please go on a strike wherever you're studying this poem and tell your ugly/dumb teachers that this a misleading poem and you guys have sisters/mothers at home, this bitch wordsworth had a child from a french lady out of wed-lock, how can you even think about studying such a guy's poem? so guys! Wake up! time to wake up! and start fighting against the wrong, let your greatness blossom.!

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

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This poem is not about sex - it is about his view of nature and his appreciation of its power as a pure and divine force that ignites his passion and compels him to control and tame it. Yes, there are some sexual connotations, but this is not the point of the poem.

| Posted on 2013-02-20 | by a guest

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It portrays wordsworth\'s love for nature. THere is some haunting imagery towards the end of the poem. Especially - the silent trees...the intruding sky are an exampe. THe themes are , since it is wordsworth - of course: nature; childhood; excitement; reflecting back.

| Posted on 2012-11-15 | by a guest

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\'Nutting\' is a poem (more specifically a memoir) about Wordsworth\'s previous destruction and \'merciless ravage\' of nature. This can be expanded to include the attack of mankind upon nature, and whilst Wordsworth only explicitly reflects upon the wrong which he has caused at the end of the poem, there could be recognised an implicit moral interrogation of mankind throughout.
I think the presentation of his destruction as a sexual violation is intended, and could be said to serve to heighten the sense of horror and brutality evoked. However this presentation is one of many, and should be in no way taken as the only interpretation.
Hope I helped :D

| Posted on 2012-07-08 | by a guest

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I can see the sexual connotations in the poem, but don\'t feel that that\'s the point - it\'s not very Lyrical Ballads. Rather, I feel Wordsworth implicitly compares his violation of the tree to a violation of a female virgin only in order to heighten the emotional impact of the moment when he cuts down the tree. However, this interpretation is somewhat undermined by the poem\'s final tercet - if he\'s speaking to a female there\'s no need to warn her against violating virgins... The tercet complicates this analysis. It could just be that the sexual imagery is unintentional. Or it could be that Wordsworth intentionally undermines the sexual connotations at the end to show that this isn\'t the point of the poem. Or else the tercet is a comment on the Speaker - that he still has something to learn because he thinks himself wiser than his \'dearest maiden\' because he has learned from his experience, when really she doesn\'t need his advice as her Human Nature isn\'t violent like his is. I am undecided...

| Posted on 2011-05-19 | by a guest

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Wordsworth here shows the beauty of nature. He knows just how big nature is in his life. He knows just how important nature can be in life. HE KNOWS JUST HOW BIG NATURE IS. The Sublime ! Solipisism ! Coleridge ! The Prelude ! Lyrical Ballads ! The Romantics ! WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

| Posted on 2011-04-08 | by a guest

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This poem is about the poet exploring the beauty of nature, more specifically, women.

| Posted on 2011-03-01 | by a guest

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This poem is about sex. It is an ugly poem,. ok bye now

| Posted on 2011-01-16 | by a guest

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Wordsworth here chronologies his ever-evolving perceptions of this enigmatic quality that is beauty. Forever has he derived pleasure from it; as a child at boarding school, in his embrace of this most unbroken of natures, of \'fairy water-breaks\' and unbroken boughs. As a more pensive adult, he logs this epiphany that a true beauty is also derived from his natural, sustainable interactions with nature. As the bough \'patiently gave up\' the fruits of his labour, it is clear that this interaction is not one of domination, but of symbiotic interdependence, stewarded by dear nature.

| Posted on 2010-11-07 | by a guest

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The poem nutting has a sexual connotation.It is a bout a sense of destruction where beauty cannot be resisted.There is no literal sexual intercourse between male and female but sexual connotation is present in between the lines,no metaphor is present.

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

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The post on 11-11-04 is misplaced... The approved guest is making reference to "Tintern Abbey," not "Nutting."

| Posted on 2008-05-16 | by a guest

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This poem is ripe with sexual imagery. The description of a man going out to gather nuts is a metaphor for a man's joy when he learns that the object of his affection is ready to receive her. He goes to her and pleasures her, and the diction is sweet and lilting. However, the imagery then takes a turn for the more violent and the diction becomes aggressive as the man pulls back and then takes the woman and has his way with her. At the end, there is a sense of regret, but the satisfied lust for power outweighs that for the most part. In the last three lines, he suggests that everything comes at a price; there is a spirit lurking in the woods that knows what he has done, and this spirit has no doubt seen many a grievous wrong commited in the woods. Power comes, but at a price.

| Posted on 2005-09-28 | by Approved Guest

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Even in the present moment, the memory of his past experiences in these surroundings floats over his present view of them, and he feels bittersweet joy in reviving them. He thinks happily, too, that his present experience will provide many happy memories for future years. Wordsworth acknowledges that he is different now from how he was in those long-ago times, when, as a boy, he "bounded o'er the mountains" and through the streams. He used to think that nature was the made up world with waterfalls and woods, however since he has returned here he now believes that it is something more powerful and subtle than of what it was when he was a boy.
Wordsworth believes that however he felt he would still be happy as he is with his ‘dear dear’ sister which I believe to be nature as his reputation states. He believes that nature is impervious to "evil tongues," "rash judgments," and "the sneers of selfish men," instilling instead a "cheerful faith" that the world is full of blessings. Wordsworth then encourages the moon to shine upon his sister, and the wind to blow against her, and he says to her that in later years, when she is sad or fearful, the memory of this experience will help to heal her. And if he himself is dead, she can remember the love with which he worshipped nature.

| Posted on 2004-11-11 | by Approved Guest

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