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There’s more to a poem than meets the eye. Welcome to the land of symbols, imagery, and wordplay. Before you travel any further, please know that there may be some thorny academic terminology ahead. Never fear, Shmoop is here. Check out our "How to Read a Poem" section for a glossary of terms. The River Wye This is, after all, where the poem takes place: on the banks of the river Wye, looking out across the river valley. The specific location is important, because the poem is about the speaker's changing relationship to this spot on the river Wye. He visited it five years before, but now his impressions of it are different. The title: The speaker situates us very specifically with his title. He practically gives the reader directions to spot on the river Wye where he had the transcendental experience described in the poem. Lines 2-4: He personifies the river in line 4 when he describes the sound it makes as a "murmur." Lines 55-57: The speaker says that, in anxious, sad moments, he "turned to" the river "in spirit" for guidance and comfort. He apostrophizes the river by calling out to it, even though it obviously can't respond to him in a literal way. Eyes and Vision The poem is mostly about how the speaker is able to compare what he sees with his eyes to the memory of the scene he's been carrying around in his mind's eye (yes, we just used a metaphor!). The literal eyeball is the barrier between the poet's mind and the scene in front of him. It's not surprising that eyes, both literal and figurative, are important. Line 24: The speaker uses the simile of the "blind man's eye" to describe the way he was able to see the river valley in his mind's eye during his long absence. It's a negative simile, though – he says that it's not like a "blind man's eye." In other words, his mind's eye sees things almost as clearly as his real eyes.
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Line 47: The speaker is talking about the calming influence of the beautiful scene at the river Wye. His gaze doesn't dart from object to object in a frenzied way; his "eye" is "made quiet." We could read this as a synecdoche, because it's not just his eye, but his entire mind and body that are "made quiet." So the "eye" is being used to stand in for the whole person. Lines 82-3: The speaker is saying that when he was the young, boyish "William," his interest in nature was purely visual. Nature had no "interest" for him that wasn't what he could see with his "eye." Line 106: the speaker is saying that the "spirit" (100) in nature connects everything together, which is why he's "a lover" (103) of all natural things that can be perceived with "eye, and ear" (106). But then he goes on to say that the "eye and ear" are able to "half create" the things that they "perceive." Wait, what? Does this mean that our eyes play tricks on us? Well, yes. And the speaker is also suggesting that the "eye and ear" have a kind of consciousness that we're not aware of, so that they "half create" without our even being
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2010 for the course BIO 3243 taught by Professor Drem during the Spring '10 term at Amarillo College.

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