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Death and the Boy of Winander The death of Wordsworths Boy of Winander reflects his fascination with the eternal and the ephemeral But there is an contradictory dimension to his thought on the one hand death stops the Boys potential on the other death keeps the Boy of Winander from all of those corrupting factors and influences of adulthood The Boy of Winander is cut off before he can fulfill his potential and preserved in his purity his closest relationship to the immortal against the inevitable corruption of adulthood According to Wordsworth in our youth we are closer to our natural immortality mans true state of being Heaven lies about us in our infancy but as the Boy becomes a man shades of the prison-house begin to close 65-67 Nevertheless there is clearly a sense in which slumber seals the Boy of Winanders spirit This paradox between temporality and immortality represents Wordsworths fascination with death With the image of the Boy fingers interwoven both hands pressed closely palm to palm Wordsworth creates a link to the eternal nature of man 7-8 Nature becomes a place of communion with the immortal a place where a child closely linked with immortality can experience transcendence It is this commingling of youth nature and the sublime that reveals the eternal nature of man The uncertainty of heaven and life after death is reflected by the metaphorical uncertain heaven received into the bosom of the steady lake 24-25 The uncertainty of heaven and the steadiness of the lake create an interesting paradox If heaven is uncertain then neither is life for the Boy after death Wordsworth therefore is questioning the meaningfulness of the Boys life a life that would have left little trace of immortality on earth Nature is however steady and certain It is a dependable construction reflecting immortality from God In the opening lines of The Prelude Book 5 grief of death is not so
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