Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Prelude (1805)

The Prelude(1805) in its content of 13 books reveals itself as a poem of maturity. The overall gist og this poem that the author is finally out of captivity. To support this theme, the author states that he is coming home from the city wall's bondage. Because the Prelude can be interpreted in a philosophical way, "bondage" can be mental, physical, or emotional stress from city life. There is a clear and concise admiration displayed by the author in the first lines of this poem. The poem reads "there is a blessing in the gentle breeze that/ blows...and so fourth through the 5th line. He gives something as simple as a breeze human like qualities. This aspect is known as personification. His deep fascination with the when allows him to expound upon it in such a way that it comes to life right before the readers eyes on the page. Overall he is displaying his love for nature and its physical features.

As a result of being a free man in essence, the author then goes into a self evaluation of what he should do next. This comfort of freedom is foreign to him and he realizes that now he has some decisions to make. The poem takes a turn here when it switches from nature appreciation to curiosity of decision making. He is now a free man, and the possibility of what he can do is endless. This aspect made me revert to many prison shows on television. After being a prisoner for so long, one does not know what to do. They are so deeply embedded into being under captivity that they don't know how to live any other life other than that of a prisoner. And the author exemplifies these similar characteristics. He questions where he will reside and slumber?

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