William Wordsworth, "Ode:
Intimations of Immortality" (1802-1804, 1807)
Things to Consider:
- Relationship between
Wordsworth and Coleridge
- Poetic Conversation
involving "Intimations Ode" and "Dejection: An Ode"
- Childhood vs. Adulthood
relationship to Nature
- Concept of Pre-Existence
- Explain the concept of
pre-existence that Wordsworth describes in the introduction to
the poem (335-36).
- How does this poem compare
with Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey"?
- How does the speaker's
response(s) to Nature in this poem compare to the responses of
Nature's own inhabitants?
- Explain: "Our birth is but a
sleep and a forgetting" (58).
- Explain: "trailing clouds of
glory do we come/From God, who is our home" (64-65).
[cf. Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard":
"The paths of glory lead but to the grave" (36).]
- To what does "Shades of the prison-house" (67) refer?
- Explain how a six year old child can be "Thou best
- Explain the imagery of the inland and the immortal
- Explain lines 177-80.
- Explain the final two lines (203-4).