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The Nature of Wordsworths Childhood An Explication of To a Butterfly To A Butterfly Stay near me do not take thy flight A little longer stay in sight Much converse do I find in thee Historian of my infancy Float near me do not yet depart Dead times revive in thee Thou bringst gay creature as thou art A solemn image to my heart My fathers family Oh Pleasant pleasant were the days The time when in our childish plays My sister Emmeline and I Together chased the butterfly A very hunter did I rush Upon the prey - with leaps and springs I followed on from brake to bush But she God love her feared to brush The dust form off its wings In Wordsworths poetry two themes emerge as predominate The first is that of nature The second is his idea that The Child is father of the Man In To A Butterfly these themes meet The result is a poem showing how for the poet the experience of nature is intimately associated with the experience of childhood The dramatic progression of the poem is simple The speaker observing a butterfly is drawn back to the joys of his childhood and a memory of playing outside with his sister chasing after butterflies This type of association is common for Wordsworth throughout his poetry The beauties of the natural world as experienced by his highly attuned poetic senses seem to cast a kind of spell on him transporting him back to the innocent and blissful moments of his childhood There is a kind of longing frantic and desperate and ecstatic that compels Wordsworth In the first line it is as if he is pleading almost begging on his knees hands clasped for the butterfly to stay to remain so that he might revel in the memories just a moment longer It is just the kind of frantic
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