Wordsworth's Ballad "Expostulation and Reply"

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The question is put before Wordsworth by his friend, Matthew. Obviously, Matthew was time conscious and he did not favor the idea of whiling away the morning on an old grey stone. However, Wordsworth knew what he was doing. Nature had intrinsic charm and reality hidden within its domain.


Words are crushed in poem. Sometimes they are mangled beyond any shape or form. However, the intention of the poet is to make expositions within the context of the poem. In "Expostulation and Reply" the lyrics are more or less decipherable if one knows the geography of the region where the poem is being written. The poem was written using the Esthwaite Lake in the Lake District of northwestern England as background. Simultaneously, there are also "books" and "Powers" to serve as backgrounds (Wordsworth, William; 1798)
Matthew goes a step further in his remonstration. He uses "grey stone" and "Mother Earth" to emphasize reason over idleness. He awakens the poet using the poet's own language. The metamorphosis from the "old grey stone" to "Mother Earth" is accentuated using personal noun for "Mother Earth". Matthew is an intelligent person capable of seeing the end from the beginning. By using "Mother Earth" he leaves no room for excuse for Wordsworth. His assertion "You look round on your Mother Earth, As if she for no purpose bore you; As if you were her first-born birth, And none had lived before you!" dooms Wordsworth and rationally Wordsworth has no choice but rise up and fulfill his "purpose" (Wordsworth, William; 1798)
Rational thinking is useful because it denotes responsibility and reason. ...
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