William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850): 

 Born on the 7th April 1770 in Cockermouth in Cumberland — part of the beautiful region in north-west England, the Lake District ,the second of five children born to John Wordsworth and Ann Cookson. He had his education in Hawkeshead Grammar School and St John's College Cambridge. He was a major English romantic poet who helped launch the Romantic age in English literature. His poetry avoided high flown language. However, the poetry of Wordsworth is best characterized by its strong affinity with nature and in particular the Lake District where he lived.                                                                              

My Heart Leaps up (1807):

*  Wordsworth expresses his wonder and joy at the sight of a rainbow in the sky. The same "natural piety" he had as a young child he experiences now as a man, and he hopes never to lose this adoration of nature as he grows old.

*  Natural piety: has to do with early affections that become part of the self through the unconscious.

 

*  Themes:

*  The importance of childhood: importance of staying connected to one's own childhood.

*  Nature appreciation.

*  Impact of nature.

 

*  Tone :

-  Joyous tone: the poem encourages the reader to do the same, using such active, positive verbs as “leaps” and “behold.

 

*  Figures of speech:

*  Paradox: e.g. The Child is father of the Man (opposite ideas or seems to be impossible).

 

*  The rhyme:

*  The  rhyme scheme in this poem is A B C C A B D E .