Poem – “Michael”
Covers the Poem – "Michael" by William Wordsworth.
1. Why is there such an elaboration of details? What use in the poem is the statement that Michael’s wife has a big wheel for spinning wool and a small one for spinning flax, and that the large oak by the cottage door was called the "Clipping Tree"?
2. The Poet, unless he is writing for an audience of sentimentalists– that is, people who enjoy any excuse for indulging thier feelings–must really justify the reaction he wishes to provoke. How does Wordsworth avoid being sentimental? Michael is portrayed as a sober and restrained person. How then is the poet to give us the impression of the depth of the grief when the character himself does not give way to it.
3. What is significant about Michael having his son lay the cornerstone at the sheepfold? What does it mean? Why is the scene of the old man resting by the unfinished sheepfold a more moving figure than a person on a literal death-bed.
4. Why is the passing of the land on a dilemma?
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