The Strength Of A Family Willi

The main character of William Wordsworth’s poem, “We are Seven” is an eight-year girl that knows more about devotion to her family the most adults ever know. It seems that author is who comes across this child on his journeys. He takes a liking to her right away and even thought, “Her beauty made me glad.” I quickly find out that she is one of seven brothers and sisters and she is the only one that is alive and still at home. I say alive, because she has a brother and sister that “in the church-yard lie”. The four others, presumably four brothers, have all grown up and moved away from home.
The entire poem is about the interactions of the ...

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much part of her life.
One would expect this young child to be sad and heart-broken, yet she always comes across as strong willed, happy and quite grown up for her age. Before her brother and sister died, she recalls playing and running. Now she hems kerchiefs, knits stockings and eats her supper down by her bothers’ and sisters’ grave. All these activities and the mature manner in which she speaks, make us think she is an adult, when in fact she is eight. She doesn’t seem hardened or sad, but seems devoted. The man is even convinced that the girl is far to old for her age and comments once, “You run about, my little Maid, / Your limbs they are alive”
The mood is always somber and serious, but seemed to have a slice of uplifting optimism in it as well. For she never spoke of them as dead and never mentioned them as separate from her. “Two of us in the church-yard lie” was her most explicit explanation of where they were. Perhaps ...

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Added: 12/5/2007 08:18:11 AM
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