ODE INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY FROM RECOLLECTIONS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD by William Wordsworth

Wordsworth became orphan at a young age together with his siblings when both of his parents died.

He grew up fulfilling his responsibilities as a brother and a guardian to his family. He had been also on a walking tour in Europe and this experience help him to be inspired in creating literary works. The time when he’s living in France and been contacted with the French Revolution, he became interested and pity for the miserable experiences and common life of an ordinary man. The author experienced to lost people that he valued and loves the most. As he lives his final years, he spent his time wandering, travelling and continuing his outdoor daytrips and this poetic life of the author influenced some of his works especially the mood and theme of the poem entitled, “Ode: intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”, wherein it talks about losing his youth, Wordsworth grew up to faced his responsibility as a brother to his siblings since his parents are both dead. He only enjoyed his youth in a short span of life because he doesn’t have enough time to spend in doing endless fun activities. He always remembers what it was like to live and enjoy as a child, and he seems to look his past to save his last memories as a cheerful child together with his family. He thought to himself that he needs to live those experiences on the present and also live as what he used to. By writing this poem, he can recover and recapture the delight of his past and just live happily and enjoys his mortality on earth.)

2. How does the poem portray childhood? Support your answer with a text from the poem.

The author tries to portray childhood as a specific time wherein things were different as if everything that surrounds him has divine or heavenly magic. The speaker of the poem looks toward his past and tried to regain all of his memories and emotions back there, but he feels always that there’s something missing like he lost a surreal feeling. He narrates that everything that we did during our childhood days were not the same anymore with today’s time. As if everything we used to, we cannot see it no more now. All we have before was just all memories that seems to drift away as time grows older. It was supported with the lines from the poem, “There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light”, showing that he is recalling everything that happens before, and shows that all of his experiences in the past shape him into a great poet and as a man. 

3. What does the line “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting” mean to you?

This quotation, “Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting” means that we all have our wonders and experiences during our childhood days. From the moment that we are born in this world, we only seem to enjoy our lives with toys and the comfort that our home gives us. We play with the nature but as time passes by, theirs some instances that we forgot our previous life and experiences as a child and change into something new. It only allows us to see the glimpse of our memories with the beauty of the world around us. As if we sleep those phases of our life and forgot some of the memories attached to it and tries to face new and another life as an adult and recall all of those what only remains behind.

4. How would you describe the last stanza of the poem?

The last stanza of the poem begins with feeling the might he gets from those places and he express how much he loves it. He remembered that when he was young, he believed that he was immortal and that’s how he felt during that time. But the speaker explains that he knows now more than on what he did as a child. He is now cleverer and know how to handle things better. He’s enjoying his life being mortal and he also knows that soon he will die and learns to accept it with his whole heart., and just live with glory.

5. How was immortality depicted in the poem? Support your answer with a line from the poem.

Immortality was depicted in the poem wherein nature was address by the speaker of the poem as a Prophet and best Truth-seeker. He gave it praises for its everlasting wisdom and immortality. Nature gives us this feeling that permits us to connect ourselves to the world emotionally and this emotion is immortal since it last for lifetime whenever we encounter the beauty of nature as we live. But, despite of everything that the nature has, the speaker is asking why nature seems to limit the man’s understanding and knowledge of its beauty and richness as time grows older. And wondering why nature make us isolate ourselves to it little by little and leave us blank and wonders with so many questions in mind. This was supported with the lines from the poem, “Mighty Prophet! Seer blest! On whom those truths do rest, Which we are toiling all our lives to find, In darkness lost, the darkness of the grave; Thou, over whom thy Immortality.” 

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