Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you’ll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?
The sun, above the mountain’s head,
A freshening lustre mellow
Through all the long green fields has spread,
His first sweet evening yellow.
Books! ‘tis a dull and endless strife:
Come, hear the woodland linnet,
How sweet his music! on my life,
There’s more of wisdom in it.
And hark! how blithe the throstle sings!
He, too, is no mean preacher:
Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your Teacher.
She has a world of ready wealth,
Our minds and hearts to bless—
Spontaneous wisdom breathed by health,
Truth breathed by cheerfulness.
One impulse from a vernal wood
May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good,
Than all the sages can.
Sweet is the lore which Nature brings;
Our meddling intellect
Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:—
We murder to dissect.
Enough of Science and of Art;
Close up those barren leaves;
Come forth, and bring with you a heart
That watches and receives.
William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned, Lyrical Ballads, 1798.
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a) Identify the
structure of the
b) Read the poem and
pick out the words
related to nature
c) What forms of
education does the
poet contrast in the
first two stanzas of
d) What does the
poet mean by “Let
Nature be your
e) What poetic device
does the poet use in
Can you see any
others in the poem?
f) What does the
poet reproach the
humans for in
stanzas 6 and 7?
g) Do you agree with
the poet that Nature
teaches you more
than Science and
Art? Why or why
not? Why is there a
form of irony in the
h) Can you guess what
the idiom “Turn the
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William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet who,
with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in
literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798).
The Industrial Revolution, like the French Revolution, brought about
lots of changes at the time when the Romantic poets began writing.
More and more people were moving to the cities to work in factories,
new manufacturing processes were being put in place, and people were
moving further and further away from nature. The Romantics weren’t
very enthusiastic about these changes — they were especially concerned
about people moving away from nature. And so the Romantic movement
was a movement against industrialization and mechanization.
Your time to shine!
Green Car, by Studio Bijari, exposed in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Pulsar Imagens, 2011.
Participate in a poetry competition to celebrate biomimicry.
Write your own ballad about change (110-140 words).
It should be composed of four-line stanzas and rhymes.
List ideas and vocabulary you could use before you