My Heart Leaps up when I Behold

Lesson 6

My Heart Leaps up when I Behold: William Wordsworth

 

Summary

 

In the poem ‘My heart leaps up when I behold' William Wordsworth recollects his childhood experience and tries to give his emotion and feeling a meaning. He praises beauty of nature and wants to die with the glory of nature. For him, human life is very short and mortal but natural beauty is immortal.

 

Poet says that his heart starts to dance, when he sees rainbow in the sky. Rainbow was there, when poet was child and now poet is grown up man and rainbow is still there in the sky. Poet will grow old and die but rainbow will remain fresh forever. Poet wishes his days to be filled with natural beauty and its glory.

 

Wordsworth says that the child is father of man because everything is the outcome of past. Manhood begins from childhood. Childhood comes first, so it is the foundation for mango. Present condition of manhood is the result of childhood, the past. For the poet, childhood is the source of literary creation.

 

William Wordsworth is a lover of nature. For his human pleasure is gained only through nature. In this poem, he shoots the endless process of nature us rainbow was there in the past, is at present and will be in future. Rainbow symbolizes purity and immortality of nature. It is also the symbol of continuation of nature and life. Like rainbow human life is colorful, but it is momentary.




Short Answer Questions

 

1. Explain the paradox in The Child Is Father of the Man'. [5]

 

2060 Partial Q.No.5c, 2070 Set B SuppQ.No.5c, 2070 Partial Q.No.5d, 2072 Set E Q.No.5c, 2073 Partial A Q.No.5c, 2075 Supp Q.No.5b, 2074 Supp Q.No.5d, and 2076 Partial E Q.No.5a

 

There is paradox in the statement the child is father of the Man A paradox is a statement seemingly absurd but holds deeper truth to its closer analysis. Seemingly the statement sounds absurd or meaningless as child biologically can never be the father of the man but if the line is interpreted closely, we get the meaning. The father here doesn't refer to a biological father. He refers to the beginner or originator. Once we take the word father for originator, then the line reads as the child is the beginner of the man's life. So, this is the paradox in the statement. What it appears to be is not what it intends to say It says child is man's father but wants to say child is the source of our life. Every content as the truth prevails. Simply put, the poet does not mean that a child can biologically produce a grown-up man by the above statement. But he expresses his opinion about the natural growth of a human being in man's life begins from his childhood. Thus, the childhood is the past of our manhood, our present. In other words, the present (manhood) is the outcome of our past (Childhood) and naturally the Future will be the outcome of our present. Thus, yesterday's child is today's man and today's man are tomorrow's man. If we analyze the statement in this way, we find all the contradictions that lie in this line vanish and we get which a child always develops into man. A man can never transform into child, child possess a seed like quality a seed develops into an autonomous tree and bears flowers and a fruit according to the seed similarly the man also inherits all the characteristics from its childhood a kind child manifests cruelty in its manhood. This is the paradox that lies in statement.



2.What is the main theme of the poem "My Heart Leaps up When I Behold"?

 

2066 Q.No.5b, and 2074 Partial Set C Q.No.5b

 

"My Heart Leaps Up When Behold" is a poem by the British Romantic Poet William Wordsworth. Noted for its simplicity of structure and language, it describes the joy that he feels when he sees a rainbow and notes that he has felt this way since his childhood. He concludes the poem by noting how his childhood has shaped his current views and stating that the child is father of the man. The poem is based on the recollection of the poet's childhood experience and feelings that bear continuity. The poem also deals with the spontaneous overflow of those powerful feelings and Joys as felt by the heart of the poet in his childhood and manhood at the sight of a rainbow in the sky which the poet hopes to feel in his old age. The poet describes the influence of a rainbow upon his heart. According to his words, he feels the same joy and happiness when he was a child and he does feel the same experience in his old age. In the absence of such feelings the poet admits he will prefer death as a better alternative. The poem ends with the wish of the poet for his days to be bound with each other by natural piety. In this sense, the poem is about the strong tie between human being and nature. Nature has become a source of survival, Thus the poem concentrates on the poet's deep love to nature on the one hand his love to his past, his childhood on the other.



3. Summarize the poem "My Heart Leaps Up When Behold" in one paragraph. (5)

 

2072 Partial B Q.NO.5b

 

My Heart Leaps up When I Behold" is a small poem composed by a great romantic poet William Wordsworth. In the poem he sees the rainbow which takes him in his childhood. He wishes the continuity of the nature. The poet says that his heart leaps up when he sees a rainbow in the sky. It was the beginning of his life, and now he's well grown up. He knows that he will grow old and finally die, too. As the child (past) is father (future) of the man (present), the poet wishes his days to be bound to each period (past, present and future) by natural piety, that is, natural blessing of divinely power in this way he praises bot the time of childhood and nature


4."The child is father of the man". Do you agree with this statement? Give reasons. the statement.

 

2071 Set C Q.No.5b

 

The child is Father of the Man" is a famous line from William Wordsworth's Poem My Heart Leaps Up When I behold." Wordsworth, a Romanticist finds the image of god both in nature and the child. In the statement, though paradoxical, he highlights the power of a child. Therefore, agree not with the surficial meaning as the child is father of the man but with the deep meaning. I agree on what the poet intends to say He wants to say that the child is the beginner of the man's life. He doesn't mean that the child is father of the man biologically rather wants to say everything begin from our childhood. It is so crucial phase that we are the outcome of the same childhood of yesterday and our tomorrow will naturally be the outcome of our present in other words, agree with this statement as the poet means to say that human life begins from childhood. A man can't be a father without being a child. According to the poet, father means from whom the creation of new generation takes place. It is the child from whom the manhood begins. Thus, the child is really the father of man. Yesterday's child is today's man (father) and today's child is tomorrow's father. To put slightly differently, it implies that as a child for the first time he feels the joy while looking at the nature in the form of a rainbow and every child does have some kind of experience before he attains manhood. In this regard he is senior to man and therefore the father of the man.


5. What does the poet see between nature and a man? [5]

 

2070 Set A Supp Q.No.5c

 

"My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold", a poem by the British Romantic Poet William Wordsworth presents bond between nature and the man. Noted for its worship to nature, il describes the joy that he feels when he sees a rainbow and notes that he has felt this way since his childhood. Wordsworth's use of the phrase "bound each to each in the poem also implies that there is a harmony between man and nature Similarly, Wordsworth casts the rainbow as a symbol of the survival of his poetic gift and the survival of mankind. It is the rainbow, a symbol of nature, that inspires the poet to remember him his past. We can't imagine the life without nature. Wordsworth however gives nature a great value and thus says' natural Plenty. For him, nature is both God and religion. In this poem, he not only presents the reality of human life but also shows a deep respect to God and religion wishing his days to be bound each to each by natural piety. The poet says that he becomes very happy to see the nature going on in the same way. So, he says that his heart leaps up with great happiness or joy when he sees a beautiful rainbow in the sky. The colorful rainbow symbolizes the continuity of the nature and colorful human life. The rainbow was there in the sky when the poet was born and he has now become a matured man. He also wants the rainbow to be in the sky when he has become a matured man. He also wants the rainbow to be the same in future. Thus, the poet sees a strong bond between human and the nature (rainbow).



6. Why does the heart of the poet leap up when he sees a rainbow in the sky? (5)

 

2059 Q.No.5c, and 2069 Partial Q No.5c

 

The poet says that his heart leaps up when he sees a rainbow in the sky. The phrase leaps are quite meaningful to narrate the amount of happiness and joy the poet has got by seeing the rainbow in the sky. He is not only happy but his heart jumps up with that happiness. As a worshipper of nature, he doesn't find happiness that he finds in nature. Rainbow here is the symbol of nature by seeing which he becomes happy. The poet says that he becomes very happy to see the nature going on in the same way. So, he says that his heart leaps up with great happiness or joy when he sees a beautiful rainbow in the sky. The poet describes the influence of a rainbow upon his heart. According to him, he feels the same joy and happiness when he was a child and he does feel the same experience in his old age. In the absence of such feelings, the poet admits he will prefer death as a better alternative. The poem ends with the wish of the poet for his days to be bound with each other by natural piety.



7. In one sentence summarize the poem "My Heart Leaps Up when I Behold."

 

2068 Q No 5c

 

In the poem My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold, a beautiful poem composed by a famous English Romantic Poet William Wordsworth, the poet recollects the experiences of his childhood days and gives his emotion and feeling a meaning, and says his heart leaps up with great happiness or joy when he sees a beautiful rainbow in the sky the way it used to jump in the past and will jump in the future but in the case its continuity is broken he wants to die as he thinks the present is the outcome of the past and future will be the result of the present.

 


Long Answer Questions

 

8. Summaries the poem "My Heart Leaps up When Behold". [10]

 

2071 Set B Q.No.4d

 

My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold is a beautiful poem composed by a famous English romantic poet William Wordsworth. The poet is a great lover of nature as well as true worshiper of God and nature. In this poem the poet recollects (remembers) the experiences of his childhood days and gives his emotion and feeling a meaning that the poet wants Companion to continuity of life and nature. For him, nature is both God and religion. In this poem, he not only presents the reality of human life but also shows a deep respect to God and religion wishing his days to be bound each to each by natural piety

 

The poet says that he becomes very happy to see the nature going on in the same way. So, he says that his heart leaps up with great happiness or joy when he sees a beautiful rainbow in the sky. The rainbow was there in the sky when the poet was born and he has now become a matured man and the rainbow is still there. He also wants the rainbow to be in the sky when he has become a matured man. He also wants the rainbow to be the same in future. He says that present is the result of the past and future will be the result of the present. In this way the poet shows that time and nature are ongoing phenomena of universe. If there is any break in this continuation the poet wants to die. The poet also says that both are inevitable.

 

The poet presents his main idea of the poem through the paradoxical line "The Child (past) is the father (present) of the future”. The poet means to say that human life begins from childhood. A man can't be a father without being a child. According to the poet, father means from whom the creation of new generation takes place. It is the child from whom the manhood begins. Thus, the child is really the father of man. Yesterday's child is today's man (father) and today's child is tomorrow's father. The poet also says that nature is God, religion and source of life and Inspiration. He worships, loves and respects the nature. He also wishes the continuation of time (past, present and future) in the nature in the same way.

 

To sum up, the poet describes the influence of a rainbow upon his heart. The poem deals with the spontaneous overflow of those powerful feelings and joys as felt by the heart of the poet in his childhood and manhood at the sight of a rainbow in the sky which the poet hopes to feel the same in the old age.



9. Describe the central idea of Wordsworth's "My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold". [10]

 

2067 Q.No.4b Partial, and 2070 Set D Q.No.4b

 

"My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold" is a poem by the British Romantic Poet William Wordsworth. Noted for its simplicity of structure and language, it describes the joy that he feels when he sees a rainbow and notes that he has felt this way since his childhood. He concludes the poem by noting how his childhood has shaped his current views and stating that the child is father of the man. The poem is based on the recollection of the poet's childhood experience and feelings that bear continuity. The poem also deals with the spontaneous overflow of those powerful feelings

and joys as felt by the heart of the poet in Ne childhood and manhood at the sight of a rainbow in the sky which the poet hopes to feel in his old age. The poet describes the influence of a rainbow upon his heart. According to his words, he feels the same joy and happiness when he was a child and he does feel the same experience in his old age. In the absence of such feelings, the poet admits he will prefer death as a better alternative. The poem ends with the wish of the poet for his days to be bound with each other by natural piety. In this sense the poem is about the strong tie between human being and nature. Nature has become a source of survival.

 

William Wordsworth, the poet finds not mere physical loneliness in nature, but a revelation of God. He worshiped nature. He saw in all-natural objects the indwelling spirit of Supreme Being. To him he varied forms and phenomena were nothing but manifestation of the divine. Therefore, he says I wish my days to be bound each to each with natural plenty. In other line he says he will die in the absence of nature. He realized that to love nature is to Man who is part and parcel of the nature. Nature is the great teacher and healer. In the first two line of the poem, the poet feels his heart leaps up at the sight of a rainbow in the sky. The nature has produced a good effect on the poetic mind of Wordsworth. The poet has been turned to the skepticism of life because of the spectrum of the rainbow. Thus, the poem is about the expression of the poet’s feelings to nature

 

The poem consists of a well-known paradox 'the child is father of the man". It implies that as a child for the first time he felt the joy while looking at the nature in the form of a rainbow and every child does have some kind of experience before he attains manhood. In this regard, he is senior to man and therefore the father of the man. The poet means to say that human life begins from childhood. A man can't be a father without being a child. According to the poet father means from whom the creation of new generation takes place. It is the child from whom the manhood begins Thus the child is really the father of man. Yesterday's child is today's man (father) and today's child is tomorrow's father.

 

To sum up, the poem is about the strong tie between human being and nature. Nature has become a source of survival. Thus, the poem concentrates on the poet's deep love to nature on the one hand his love to his past, his childhood on the other.

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