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The best thing to do is to just start analysing the text.

All assignments should begin with a brief summary of what you hope to consider in the piece, it not only gives the reader a brief synopsis but also gives yourself a burst of ideas whilst allowing a decent amount of reflection on what you about to write. Write a summary of what you want to include and delete it afterwards if you don't need it. You will find the ideas flowing even if the original work is poor quality.

Oops - just saw that you did indeed get lots of helpful responses - very glad to see it! :-)

Hi Dora,

I'm sorry to see that you didn't receive any responses in time for your assignment, and hope that you managed something in the end. I'd be happy to help you if you need any further help with Wordsworth; the theme of nature in "I wandered lonely as a cloud" is fascinating - but probably not very enjoyable to solve overnight!


Dora - you need to click on Martin's "See Details' button on the right hand side of this page, and this will take you to his profile, from where you can contact him via Tutorhub.

Please could you PM me somehow?

Hi, I'd be more than grateful! I chose this one not ust because I love it but because this is what we read in class.


Don't worry abot how to start it off.  Just start off by analysing a line or two.  You need to write the body of the essay before you can write the introduction, just as you can't introduce a person unless you know who he or she is.  Personally, I'd start with

The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

This has always reminded me of the pastoral scene in The Winter's Tale, and Florizel's lines,

when you do dance, I wish you
A wave o' the sea, that you might ever do
Nothing but that; move still, still so,
And own no other function: each your doing,
So singular in each particular,
Crowns what you are doing in the present deed,
That all your acts are queens.

I'm not sure why you chose this poem other than that you like it, not always the best reason.  The representation of nature in Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey, Intimations Ode and The Prelude Book 1 is more complex and interesting in my opinion.  The link between nature and the sea figures in those works too...

If you want to chat with me about this, I'm available this evening.  Otherwise, good luck.

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