Q & A: Illustrate how nature is portrayed in any two poems.
For Malaysian Form 6 students
Q: Illustrate how nature is portrayed in any two poems.
She Walks In Beauty – Lord Byron
The Solitary Reaper – William Wordsworth
Nature is personified as a beautiful woman in She Walks In Beauty by Lord Byron, and surrounded by beauty as well, portraying the peacefulness and tranquillity of nature. In The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth the beauty and tranquillity of nature is seen through the eyes of a bystander, and we see how nature affects him as he takes it all in.
In She Walks In Beauty by Lord Byron, the beauty of nature is personified as the various aspects of a woman. “And all that’s best of dark and bright / Meet in her aspect and her eyes;” uses hyperbole and presents a paradox, showing how nature’s beauty defies all and has the best of everything merged together. Next, the persons personifies gracefulness frames nature’s beauty, and is not simply of a physical nature. Then “And on that cheek, and o’er the brow, so soft, so calm, yet eloquent,” the assonance of ‘s’ further enhances the beauty of nature.
Besides that, She Walks In Beauty uses diction to portray the beauty of nature. “Of cloudless climes and starry skies” show the serenity of nature, likening it to a clear night sky. “Mellowed” and “tender” puts the portrayal of nature in a gentle light, and “gaudy day denies” shows the serene beauty of nature as well. This is further expounded on in “Where thoughts serenely sweet express, How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.” showing that nature brings only good, pure thoughts. “The smiles that win, the tints that glow” show a radiant beauty, associated with bright light, and shows that nature’s beauty is due to a peaceful life, and an innocent mind and soul.
On the other hand, in The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth shows the extent of admiration for the reaper’s song through hyperbole,which magnifies the effect of nature rejuvenating him. In the second stanza he claims that “No nightingale did ever chaunt more welcome notes to weary bands” and ” A voice so thrilling n’er was heard In spring-time…” showing that the song plays a big part in bringing tranquillity to the people who hear the song, and that it can be heard far and wide. Another instance of hyperbole is in the last stanza ” I saw her singing … I listened, motionless and still” showing how much he is in awe of the reaper’s who becomes one with nature, to the extent that he bears it in his heart “long after it was heard no more”.
That aside, the description of the reaper in the field reaping and singing to herself in the first stanza shows her ease in toiling alone simply because she is surrounded by nature’s beauty. In the last stanza this is emphasized on once more as the persona realizes that whatever the theme the reaper sang of is not important, hence the use of “Whate’er”. ” As if the song could have no ending” shows the celebration of nature does not end, which is why as the persona goes back to face life’s hardships and challenges, symbolized by the hill he mounts at the end, he bears the song in his memory to keep himself motivated and happy like the reaper.
In conclusion, nature is portrayed from different perspectives, either from nature itself or as a onlooker of nature. These will affect the portrayal of nature’s beauty, but both perspectives manage to show that nature is tranquil and serene in its beauty.