Ode; Intimations of Immortality: From Recollections of Early Childhood (Classic Reprint)
A Paperback edition by William Wordsworth (Apr 3, 2018)
Excerpt from Ode; Intimations of Immortality: From Recollections of Early Childhood
This was composed during my residence at Town-end, Grasmere. Two years at least passed between the writing of the four first stanzas and the remaining part. To the attentive and competent reader the whole sufficiently explains itself; but there may be no harm in adverting here to particular feelings or experiences of my own mind on which the structure of the poem partly rests. Nothing was more difficult for me in childhood than to admit the notion of death as a state applicable to my own being. I have said elsewhere,
"A simple child, That lightly draws its breath, And feels its life in every limb, What should it know of death!"
But it was not so much from feelings of animal vivacity that my difficulty came as from a sense of the indomitableness of the spirit within me. I used to brood over the stories of Enoch and Elijah, and almost to persuade myself that, whatever might become of others, I should be translated, in something of the same way, to heaven. With a feeling congenial to this, I was often unable to think of external things as having external existence, and I communed with all that I saw as something not apart from, but inherent in, my own immaterial nature.
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Ode; Intimations of Immortality Paperback edition by William Wordsworth