William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850):
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.
The importance of childhood: importance of staying connected to one's own childhood.
Impact of nature.
- 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 scheme in this poem is A B C C A B D E .