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One of the most outstanding poets of the Romantic period was William Wordsworth Wordsworth wrote many interesting poems and one of his finest was She was a Phantom of Delight Wordsworth had relations with many women and so it wasnt known for whom he wrote this poem In his poem he never describes any particular women nor mentions a trait distinctive to one of the women he met Thus the women to whom he wrote this poem remained a secret Wordsworth starts off the poem saying She was a Phantom of delight There is an oxymoron here since the word phantom suggests an evil mood but it brings delight to the speaker The word phantom is capitalized because it refers to the women where she is imaginary like a phantom On the third line he says A lovely Apparition sent and again the word apparition is capitalized because it refers to the woman The author uses the words phantom and apparition to refer to his love to show that his love is imaginary and exists only in his mind On the last line of the first stanza he uses the word haunt to furthermore emphasize his point that his love is nothing but an imaginary thought that preoccupies his mind like phantoms and apparitions The diction in this paragraph is paradoxical since the speaker uses different kinds of words in describing his loved one For example he sounds blissful and delighted when he used the words delight lovely Apparition ornament cheerful and gay But his mood seems to be exactly the opposite when he used the words phantom dusky startle and haunt which exhibits a dark gloomy mood The speaker shows confusion in his writing since he doesnt know if the woman is real or just a creation of his imagination In the second stanza the speaker says that he saw the woman this time at a closer range I saw her upon nearer view
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