Sade Woldegiorgis
Ms. Block
AP English
Period 5
April 23, 2014
Often authors use poetic devices to assist in conveying a specific message throughout their work. Devices such as theme, diction, and mood are some of the most convincing and common choices. Both Wordsworth and Herrick wrote poems using literary devices to ideally highlight their themes.
Wordsworths poem, “I wandered lonely as a child” carried a more lighthearted, appreciative, and positive mood throughout the piece. It is easy to detect the author’s admiration of daffodils through the positive connotation stressed in his writing. He also uses a bit of romanticism in his poem when he states that, “in vacant or pensive mood they flash upon that inward eye”. By saying this he is illustrating imagination. Wordsworth also frequently uses personification in this poem to help the daffodils appear as vibrant and as lively as he perceives them to be by noting actions the flowers take such as, “dancing in the breeze”.
Although Wordsworth and Herrick wrote poems on the same subject, the two pieces are almost polar opposites. Herrick’s poem “To Daffodils” is more cereal and negative. The style that he chooses to write in is very similar to that of a funeral eulogy; dark and depressive. William Herrick does not focus on the beauty of the “golden daffodils” while they are alive but the inevitable drying, withering, and death of the flower under the summer sun. Like Wordsworth he too uses personification in his writing to compare the life of the flower to that of a human. Herrick expresses “As you, or anything. We die”. The diction used in this poem is extremely dark and hopeless, for example, Herrick states that after the Daffodils dry up and die they are “Ne’er to be found again”. That statement is pessimistic because most people know that once flowers die after their season is over they are likely to reappear the next year just as beautiful and lively as before but the author dwells heavily on the death...