A Slumber did my Spirit Seal

By William Wordsworth 1770–1850 William Wordsworth
A slumber did my spirit seal;
         I had no human fears:
She seemed a thing that could not feel
         The touch of earthly years.

No motion has she now, no force;
         She neither hears nor sees;
Rolled round in earth's diurnal course,
         With rocks, and stones, and trees.

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Poet William Wordsworth 1770–1850

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Living, Death

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Rhymed Stanza

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Discussing prose written by poets, Joseph Brodsky has remarked, “the tradition of dividing literature into poetry and prose dates from the beginnings of prose, since it was only in prose that such a distinction could be made.” This insight is worth bearing in mind when considering the various prose works of the poet William Wordsworth. For Wordsworth poetic composition was a primary mode of expression; prose was secondary. . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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