By the Sea
|by William Wordsworth|
It is a beauteous evening, calm and free;
The gentleness of heaven is on the sea:
Dear child! Dear girl! that walkest with me here,
Thou liest in Abraham’s bosom all the year,
I think that in the poem “By the Sea,” by William Wordsworth he is depressed and sad about a loss in his life of a girl and he sits by the sea quietly thinking. Wordsworth just sat by the water “calm and free,” trying to comprehend how to live his life with out this girl. The only thing Wordsworth can hear is the thunderous sound of the rolling ocean on the sand; because of that sound he believes the ocean is a mighty being. In the third line of the second stanza he describes to sea to be, “…doth with his eternal motion make.” I think this is describing the fact that the sea makes the repeating motion of the waves ebb and flows. In the last line in the second stanza he describes the everlasting sound of the tide. While Wordsworth is sitting on the beach he has the feeling of the girl being with him, and although he can not actually feel her touch he feels her presence, along with Gods. I think although Wordsworth is depressed that the girl is gone and can’t be with him any longer, he knows deep down she is in a better place. Also, the reason Wordsworth is sitting in silence is so he can feel like he is getting in touch with the girl. This girl might have been more to Wordsworth than just a friend; I think he might have had deeper feelings for this girl. Wordsworth was maybe seeing this girl during the time that he was married, so he had to go somewhere else to think about it so no one would find out about this feelings towards this girl. Lots of Wordsworth’s other poetry could have to do with his feelings of the loss of this girl, and poetry could have been a way for him to get his feelings about the situation off his chest. I also think that the girl that died could have been Lucy; Lucy is a young beautiful girl in one of his poems that he wrote. I believe that Lucy and him might have been together and she died and he didn’t know how else to express his feelings other than poetry.