The Lucy Poems — William Wordsworth

Hello everyone!! How are you all? Hope you all are having a blast! Anyways, I was doing my English Vacation Project consisting of writing 5 poems from William Wordsworth and 1 should be my own creation. I selected 5 random poems at the start of my vacation, so, I could write it easily later. When today, I started to write, I found that two of the poems included “Lucy”. I wondered who she is? From both the poems, I got an idea that she is the girl whom the speaker loved. But to get a clear picture, I googled and the below is the result. Many of you might have heard about William Wordsworth but rarely one would have heard about these “Lucy poems”.


The Lucy poems are a series of five poems composed by the English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770–1850) between 1798 and 1801. All but one were first published during 1800 in the second edition of Lyrical Ballads, a collaboration between Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge that was both Wordsworth’s first major publication and a milestone in the early EnglishRomantic movement. In the series, Wordsworth sought to write unaffected English verse infused with abstract ideals of beauty, nature, love, longing and death.

The poems were written during a short period while the poet lived in Germany. Although they individually deal with a variety of themes, as a series they focus on the poet’s longing for the company of his friend Coleridge, who had stayed in England, and on his increasing impatience with his sister Dorothy, who had travelled with him abroad. Wordsworth examines the poet’s unrequited love for the idealised character of Lucy, an English girl who has died young. The idea of her death weighs heavily on the poet throughout the series, imbuing it with a melancholic, elegiac tone. Whether Lucy was based on a real woman or was a figment of the poet’s imagination has long been a matter of debate among scholars. Generally reticent about the poems, Wordsworth never revealed the details of her origin or identity. Some scholars speculate that Lucy is based on his sister Dorothy, while others see her as a fictitious or hybrid character. Most critics agree that she is essentially a literary device upon whom he could project, meditate and reflect.

The “Lucy poems” consist of “Strange fits of passion have I known”, “She dwelt among the untrodden ways”, “I travelled among unknown men”, “Three years she grew in sun and shower”, and “A slumber did my spirit seal”. Although they are presented as a series in modern anthologies, Wordsworth did not conceive of them as a group, nor did he seek to publish the poems in sequence


Check the above poems by clicking on the link and write down your reaction in the comments section below.

P.S : The above listed poem titles are sequenced already.

Source :- WikiPedia

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