William Wordsworth

(1770-1850 / Cumberland / England)

A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal


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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Andrew Hoellering (8/10/2009 11:56:00 AM)

    'Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.'
    Wordsworth realised our integration and resurrection through nature a long time before it became scientific knowledge. (Report) Reply

  • Nada Simanic (6/21/2004 4:53:00 PM)

    This poem is essentially an expression of the way that the poet suddenly realizes the humanity and reality of a close friend of his, a realization that is brought about by her death. This poem is only eight lines, and a result of this is an incredible density of information. Every nuance of the poem is near vital for the expression of the concerns of poet, in a number of different ways. The way that the poet thought about his friend is established in the first quatrain. (Report) Reply

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