The Lake Poets Essay

2222 words - 9 pages

The Lake Poets were a group of English poets who lived in the Lake District. They are only writers who worked together. They are also called the poets of nature. Nature, law of nature is seen in most of their poems. I am going get through some of these poems and try to describe whether they show parallels as the poets' lives did or not.Lives of Coleridge and Wordsworth show many parallels. They both went to Cambridge University. In 1797 the two lived close to each other in Somerset. The result of this of was important a collection of Lyrical Ballads. Very important part of Lyrical Ballads is The Rime of the Ancient Mariner which appeared as the first poem in the collection. At the beginning a wedding guest is stopped by the mariner, even he is in haste, he is hypnotized and listens to the story. The story of ancient Mariner starts with a sea voyage. The ship gets stuck in the ice in the South Pole. Albatross, a symbol of good luck, comes and helped and even though it is shot by the mariner. And now punishment begins, the wind stops to blow and they run out of water: "Day after day, day after/We stuck, ne breath ne motion."; "Water, water, everywhere/Ne any drop to drink." The mariner is blamed for this situation. When they see other ship coming they hope for rescuing but her crew consists of Death and "Nightmare Life-in-Death" who are gambling for sailors souls. Everyone died but the mariner, he stays alive alone: "alone, alone all, all alone,/ alone on a wide wide sea." Then there a dialog between two sprits which are pulling the ship to the equator. The mariner is then rescued, even though he is seen as the devil but he is forced to tell his story over and over.The main theme of the poem is guilt and punishment. The mariner broke the law of the nature. He killed the albatross with no reason and the punishment is necessary. It comes soon under a mask of never-ending "life". By telling his story he is supposed to warn other people to do something similar. It is like warning of the nature through the mariner. That is why he is the only one who survived.The Female Vagrant, written by Wordsworth, appears as the 6th poem of Lyrical Ballads. It is emotional story of a woman who lost everyone. It begins similar as 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' she is found by someone starts to tell her story. In the first part she loses her father. He was religious man:"My father was good and pious man", very honest:"An honest man by honest parents bred" and never did any harm to anyone even though he became unhappy, ill and died. His daughter is also very religious but after all what happened, her relationship to the God changes. At the begging she believes and loves God and his teaching: "And in his hearing there my prayers I said"; "I read, and loved the books in which I read --/For books in every neighbouring house I sought,/And nothing to my mind a sweeter pleasure brought." When her father is ill he still keeps praying but she cannot: "Bidding me trust in...

Find Another Essay On The Lake Poets

Sylvia Plath’s Mirror Essay

1852 words - 7 pages mirror, so the mirror is describing itself as a person. Another good example is when she writes “most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall,” illustrating as if the mirror is speaking to the reader. Furthermore, the saying is a human mannerism; the mirror is taking in a human habit. In the second stanza she keeps up with the personification even with the shift from a mirror to a lake. “She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands

Sylvia Plath's Mirror and D.H. Lawrence's Piano

1427 words - 6 pages when Plath writes, “Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me / searching my reaches for what she really is” (10-11). This also is a form of imagery that evokes an image of sight. The image helps readers connect with the woman and the mirror and give more insight to the woman’s emotions. Both poets use imagery to create visuals that the readers are able to feel, connect, and envision the overall purpose and ideas of the poet. Although both poems are

William Wordsworth and John Keats

1310 words - 5 pages France, Wordsworth had a love affair with a French girl. Due to the tensions in France Wordsworth was forced to return to the Lake District in England, where he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge (“William Wordsworth”). The two began writing together in their own way with other writers becoming what the world referred to as “Lake Poets”. Lake Poets are writers who do not follow a specific style or “School” of writing and they

A World of Changes and Things Staying the Same

1064 words - 5 pages One of the greatest poets to ever walk the Earth, produced one of the most mind blowing topics to ever come up in mankind, and Mr. McGee is very fond of him too, his name is William Butler Yeats. Why is it that some things stay the same and others change? In the literature book, many stories and poems are by Yeats describing this very fact. That in life, you have things that will forever stay the same and some things that change for better or

Representation of Nature and Emotions in Romanticism

1535 words - 6 pages goes, and lovely is the Rose… Waters on a starry night are beautiful and fair…” (796) In “The English Romantic Poets, a review of Research”, Ernest Bernbaum states: The interpretation of Wordsworth’s attitude toward nature has since 1900 passed through three stages: first it was misrepresented; later it was stated correctly but dismissed as a sentimental illusion, scientifically unwarranted; and at long last it was finally recognized as a

Robert Frost’s Life Experiences Explored in Mending Wall, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, and The Road Not Taken

1805 words - 8 pages Robert Frost had a long, well lived life. Frost was born in San Francisco, California in the year 1874. Frost was and still is one of the most famous American poets to live. Frost lived in San Francisco until his father died in 1885. Him and his mother then left to Lawrence, Massachusetts. Frost then graduated high school at Lawrence High School in 1892. Frost graduated at class valedictorian. Following graduating at high school

Representation of the Characteristics of Romanticism

1387 words - 6 pages Lamartine in The Lake implores time to stop. But we all know time cannot stop flowing; therefore we must enjoy the present while in the presence of our beloved ones. Nature is moral guide and universal mentor ( Wordsworth) For Lamartine, nature was a manifestation of divine grandeur. He believed that contemplating it could stimulate religious faith. Works-cited Bernbaum, Ernest, The English Romantic Poets, New York

Ten Poets We Should remember

587 words - 2 pages dingy caf? on a dark and rainy night at <2> o'clock in the morning!Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) is one of the most influential modern poets, yet her life was a short and unhappy one. She attempted suicide aged 21, and managed to kill herself ten years later by gassing.<3> The death of her father when she was nine years old greatly influenced her life and poetry, as can be seen in poems like "Daddy,""Lady Lazarus," and "Ariel."Wallace

Japanese Alien and Japanese-American Poets In U. S. Relocation Camps

4596 words - 18 pages : Bamboo Ridge Press, 1983. "My Gila Diary." Gila News Courier. 17 October 1942: 4. Nelson, Cary. "Japanese American Concentration Camp Haiku." [Online] Available at http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/haiku/haiku.htm, 2003. Okihiro, Gary Y. Whispered Silences: Japanese Americans and World War II. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. Roripaugh, Lee Ann. Beyond Heart Mountain. New York: Hudson Books, 1999. Tule Lake Committee. Kinenhi: Reflections on Tule Lake. San Francisco: The Tule Lake Committee, 1980. Uchida, Yoshiko. Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese American Family. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1982.

Mirror and Face Lift by Sylvia Plath

1095 words - 4 pages Mirror and Face Lift by Sylvia PlathIn the twentieth century, Sylvia Plath was one of the most admired and well-known poets who explored and aroused heart felt emotion on the issues in her world through literature. Compelled towards perfection in everything that she attempted, she was a very troubled woman and her lack of self-confidence and personal insecurities took over her, agonizing through a deep depression most of her adulthood prior to

blah

902 words - 4 pages Starting an essay on the works of W.B. Yates is not one of an easy task. The poems of “When You Are Old”, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”, “The Wild Swans of Coole”, “The Second Coming”, and last “Sailing to Byzantium” are all one of change. I truly have had enough of the poems about change, but we are working on the poets of the Industrial Revolution. Most of Yeats poems are describing both the physical side of change as well as the metaphysical

Similar Essays

Report On Tourism In The Lake District

601 words - 2 pages , iron-ore, graphite, and green slate. Celts, Romans, Angles, and Vikings settled among the lakes and it was the last of these who provided such place-name elements as "-thwaite" (clearing), "fell" (mountain with grazing), "gill" (ravine), and "force" (waterfall), and introduced the local Herdwick sheep, which are born black and become white. The Lake District first became famous when a group of British poets (including William Wordsworth, Samuel

Romantic Elements Essay

836 words - 3 pages Wordsworth poem, “Tintern Abbey,” there are three noticeable romantic elements which are, simplicity of language, expression of intensified feelings, and responses to nature that lead to awareness of self. In “Tintern Abbey,” by William Wordsworth, there is a lot of simplified or direct language that is used. Before Romanticism took over, a lot of the poets “rejected the ornate language that characterized the poetry of the earlier eras” (Schafer

"The Glorified Outcasts: A Study Of 'a Farewell' And 'drifting On The Lake' By Wang Wei"

515 words - 2 pages inks the crystal ripples.Leisurely the white moon comes out.Tonight I am with my oar, alone, and can doeverything,yet waver, not willing to return.-Wang WeiSo many of the world's great geniuses, poets, writers, and philosophers have been outcasts, but perhaps this simple fact was what they used to rise above the masses, instead of below them. In Wang Wei's poems "A Farewell" and "Drifting on the Lake," we see two speakers who consider themselves

The Poets' Treatment Of Love In I Wanna Be Yours By John Cooper Clarke, The Thickness Of Ice By Liz Loxley And How Do I Love Thee By Elizabeth Barrett

1068 words - 4 pages The Poets' Treatment of Love in I Wanna Be Yours by John Cooper Clarke, The Thickness of Ice by Liz Loxley and How do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Barrett Browning "I wanna be yours" by John Cooper Clarke, is made up if three stanzas, each ending in the title of the poem, "I wanna be yours". The first two stanzas of the poem follow the same basic poetic structure. The poem presents a more modern, rather than traditional view of