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Unformatted text preview: Invitation to the Bee Supporting Romantic Natural History Small Poems, Big Ideas 19 November 2007 Romantic natural history is a concept that was communicated through by many poets, writers, and scientists in the early 1800s. Even though the term has been used only recently, the concept of writing about the connection between nature and humans is all the same. The idea that was being expressed by these poets and scientists was the idea that nature was is actually interconnected with humans. Schooling before this time taught of the contrary. Humans were held above nature as an entity supreme being that was just was, not affected by nature and not affecting nature. Then in In the early 1800s scientist and artists alike started observing nature and taking those observations and applying them to human beings. Poets such as Wordsworth and Charlotte Smith started began writing very vivid, descriptive poems about nature and also described the new idea of humans connected connection to nature. Charlotte Smith, in particular, used her poem Invitation to the Bee to accurately portray Rromantic natural history; she describes the beauty of nature, uses the image of a bee gathering pollen, the mentions of the common science of alchemy at the time, and tells the overall story of the speaker inviting a colony of bees to live in the speakers garden. In Invitation to the Bee, Smith uses great powerful imagery throughout her poem to paint a picture of exactly what you would could see in the situation she writes about. The use of great imagery in this era was an important aspect of this type of Rromantic poetry. In particular, Smith paints a picture that anyone can picture see quite easily: Just as the opening flowers are born; Among the green and grassy meads Where the cowslips hang their heads; Or by hedge-rows, while the dew Glitters on the barebell blue. (ll.4-8) The words used by Smith accurately describe a scene of early morning while the dew glitters on the flowers (ll.7-8). This scene can also be described as occurring in spring glitters on the flowers (ll....
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