Later that year, he married Mary Hutchinson, a childhood friend, and they had five children together. He shines brightly in his speech and mannerisms, nevertheless, he kills himself in the end. Retrieved on 4 October 2008. In 1812, while living in Grasmere, two of their children—Catherine and John—died. The very last line of the poem is especially interesting, because the speaker lists both rocks and stones, which are essentially the same.
Perhaps she, like the poet, is in a trance. Maybe he wants to make it very clear that she is now as inanimate and lifeless as rocks are, for trees are inanimate but they are alive. This is the timeless moment that William James would later document and that many poets have described in one form or another most famously Eliot in Four Quartets. On the other hand, the poem may be less about the speaker's innocence than about his belief in the young woman's power. The paradox, too, serves to emphasize her lack of animation; she is the powerless thing to which motion is imparted by the turning of the earth. The poet, then, had none of the fears that human beings have about the possible death of their loved ones: he had no human fears.
In the end Wordsworth chooses a state of disillusionment over disconnection from nature. The poet says that his soul has been sealed by the deep sleep of a lovely child whom he loved very much. In the last two lines the poet describes that she is now under the surface of the earth revolving along with it on its path. She is moving with the rocks, stones and trees all the time. The poem does not even say that she is in grave, though this is what one tends to assume. This is a particularly painful idea in a Wordsworth poem, because he is generally so focused on experiencing the senses. The passing of time will no longer affect her, says the poet.
It is as though he can grasp the whole meaning of death only part by part: grasping the whole all at once would be overwhelming. Both where William lived and traveled to at the time. How does the poet think when he thinks about her death? She has become an inanimate part of the earth as she is rolled around with rocks, stones, and trees in the daily revolution of the earth. Rather, they are goddesses who visit poets and bards as they choose. We are made to think and to feel; we are shocked; we are aware of a fundamental irony of life; we realize the power of grief and even feel grief; and we respond to the structure of the poem, its arrangement of its various elements, its beauty.
Lucy seemed to be someone who could never grow old. That it breaks the rule of not using more words than is needed speaks of the shortcoming of that rule, not of this poem. Wordsworth's mother died when he was eight—this experience shapes much of his later work. While living in France, Wordsworth conceived a daughter, Caroline, out of wedlock; he left France, however, before she was born. Much of the impact of the poem depends on the shocking contrast between Lucy in the first stanza—a being of eternal youth—and the dead Lucy of the second stanza.
Indeed, he seems to have built her up in his mind into a goddess, untouched by age and mortality. The word slumber has the connotations of a light, pleasant steep; it differs from sleep in that its very lightness removes any suggestion of death with which sleep is often enough equated. But the poet consoles himself with the thought that she has become a permanent part of nature. I enjoy looking at it through this lens and through a number of others. He comments on how much the memory of his first visit heartened him in his darker moments over the last five years, and looks forward to bringing this new memory with him into the future.
Because of this connection, children are also closer to nature. She does not feel the earthly time and earthly years have become timeless for her. Now she 'neither hears nor sees'; all those special marks of humanity are gone. It was with Coleridge that Wordsworth published the famous Lyrical Ballads J. Answers : a It refers to the death of a lovely child named Lucy.
Wordsworth attended Hawkshead Grammar School, where his love of poetry was firmly established and, it is believed, he made his first attempts at verse. Some of the vivacious qualities a person loses in death—movement and sense perception—double as elements of poetic practice. In essence he has been in a dream-like state, devoid of any human fears such as mortality. The last two lines of the poem emphasize again the complete lack of animation that characterizes death: Lucy is equated with rocks and stones and trees. All of this has been done to us through the eight short lines of a simple lyric—but a lyric of great compression producing a response of great intensity.