Thursday, January 29, 2009

Poetry Analysis: there was a boy by William Wordsworth

Poetry analysis: There was a boy by William Wordsworth
The poem, “There was a boy” by William Wordsworth, illustrates an insight of the interaction between human and nature through the incident that the “boy” experiences when having a “jocund” conversation with the owls and reflecting in the lake. There are few rhyming schemes here and there but it is random and there is no definite rhyming scheme. Throughout the poem readers get a sense that the boy is lonely and wants to interact with the nature as an outlet to escape this solitude. After the communication between the boy and the owls, boy gets to again have a time alone, however this time he realizes that he is not alone. He hears the voice of “mountain torrents” and sees the relfection on the lake and finds its beauty within it. Moreover, the boy ponders on to the subject of “heaven” and questions the uncertainty. However, by describing the lake as “steady” I get an impression that when the lake is steady, the reflections are also steady; which shows that the reflection of the “uncertain heaven” can be seen. This illustrates that although there is doubt of heaven and religion existing, once you don’t force yourself and just let the religion into yourself, much like letting the nature dissolve into the boy’s heart, you can clearly see whether it is real or not.


  1. whilst reading the poem there is a line that suggests that the boy is no more " this boy was taken from his mates...." is there any relation to the boys death and nature? because Wordsworth does not really describe in words the boys death.