‘Nutting’ by William Wordsworth describes a speaker’s boyhood journey into the woods and the resulting pleasure and rage he experiences. The poem starts with the speaker describing the beginning of his adventure. He is dressed for the outing and carries his “nutting-crook” in his hand.
nutting-crook — a long stick, curved into a hook at the end and used for pulling nuts down from trees. cast-off weeds — old, often so-called “hand-me-down” clothes.
William Wordsworth was one of the founders of English Romanticism and one its most central figures and important intellects.
This is a piece of poetry about childhood. We think it is based on a boy Wordsworth knew called William Raincock who was well known as an owl-mimic. Wordsworth went to school with him and later followed him to Cambridge.
William Wordsworth’s poem ‘The Ruined Cottage’ tells the tale of a family torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. Professor Sally Bushell charts the decline of person through place in the poem.
“My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky,” wrote William Wordsworth, the famous English poet, and most of us share his feelings when we are lucky enough to see a rainbow. There is an old saying that a pot of gold is buried at the end of the rainbow, but have you ever tried to reach a rainbow’s end?
Enjambment, from the French meaning “a striding over,” is a poetic term for the continuation of a sentence or phrase from one line of poetry to the next. An enjambed line typically lacks punctuation at its line break, so the reader is carried smoothly and swiftly—without interruption—to the next line of the poem.
this poem illustrates an insight of the interaction between human and nature through what? towards the end of the poem, the boy begins to ponder upon something and question its uncertainity. what is that something? “many a time” is an example of what?
The tone, as so often with Wordsworth, is conversational, and the opening line gives the impression that we are coming in in the middle of a conversation, and that much has already been said to which we have not been privy. It’s almost as if Wordsworth is giving a specific example of a general principle.
It is only now that I better understand what William Wordsworth meant by “The child is the father of man”. For, I see them becoming ever more childlike, each in his or her own way, as they add numbers to their age.