Literary Analyisis- She Was a Phantom of Delight

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Analyzing One of the Greatest
The Romantic time period began in the 1700s and ended around the mid nineteenth century. This is where William Wordsworth began to shine his talents of astonishing poetry. One poem in particular is written for his wife, Mary, “She Was a Phantom of Delight”. The goal of this paper is to explain how the Romantic Era influenced William Wordsworth in his poem, “She Was a Phantom of Delight”.
To begin, “She Was a Phantom of Delight” was written by, William Wordsworth. He was born April 7, 1770, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England. Wordsworth early learned to love nature, including the pleasures of walking and outdoor play. He equally enjoyed his formal education, demonstrating a talent for writing poetry. (4: 1705).
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Each criterion successfully exemplifies the purpose of the poem, to describe the changing perspectives William has of his wife.
In response, in line 27 through 30 is an exact description of a perfect woman that this reader believes is and is how they connect to this poem. Wordsworth described an ideal woman of having endurance, foresight, strength, skill and is made to comfort and command but still has the manners of a polite woman. This to this reader is the idyllic woman to bare children, take care of a household, and every duty thrown at her which is exactly describes the mother of this reader. Their mom is strong, independent, it everything she does she puts her complete heart into it all. In this reader’s opinion she is the perfect model of a woman. This is how this reader relates to “She Was a Phantom of Delight”.
In conclusion, the Romantic era influenced William Wordsworth in “She Was a Phantom of Delight” by the Romantic purpose of this poem. This poem was written for his childhood sweetheart and wife, Mary. The poem explains the interchanging perspectives of her in their relationship as children into adulthood. He constantly gave the impression that she is too perfect to be a living human being, but a phantom in their early relationship. He truly loves Mary as it is obvious in this poem. William Wordsworth

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