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SUMMARY OF LUY GRAY INTRODUCTION OF POET: William Word Worth was born in 1770 at Cockermouth in Lake District.

He was educated at Hawkshed Grammar School and then at St. John s Colle ge, Cambridge. His early poems reflect his love for natural beauty, which he exp ressed in a unique and artificial style. Some of William s poems are Lyrical Balla ds, Poems in Two Volumes and An Evening Walk. William Words Worth is also known for his achievements as a critic. INTRODUCTION OF POEM:Poem entitled Lucy Gray was written in 1799 and published i n the second edition of Lyrical Ballads. It tells us the story of a simple tragedy in a cold bleak countryside. The poem has a steady and regular rhythm as a long er lines rhyme together as well as the shorter lines rhyme with each other. The language of the ballad is plain and simple. SUMMARY: Lucy Gray was a beautiful little girl who lived in a wild moor with her parents. Their house was located in the countryside far away from the cities. N obody neighbored their house and Lucy lived without having any friends and playm ates. In Western countryside, it is said that if the moon is clearly seen during dayli ght, a storm appears in that area. One-day Lucy s mother went town for shopping in the noon. After a while, he father realized that the moon can be seen and predi cted a storm in few hours. He quickly told Lucy to take a lantern and go to the town to help her mother. Lucy obeyed her father and was on her way to the city. Unfortunately, the storm appeared as soon as Lucy left for the town. It started to snow thickly that made it difficult for Lucy to see through. As she was wande ring in the snowy atmosphere, she fell in a crevice and died. Her mother somehow returned home at night. When the little girl did not come back, her parents went out in the snowy mounta ins shouting for their daughter, but they never found Lucy. On their way home, t hey found footprints on a wooden bridge in the middle. They concluded that perha ps Lucy Gray fell down and had died. When we go through the hills, a solitary song is heard in the wind, which echoes in the mountains. Some people think that she died that day while some say she l ives as a part of nature. MESSAGE: The message of this poem is "Children are great imitators. So give the m something great to imitate." Lines NO MATE, NO COMRADE LUCY, KNEW; SHE DWELT ON A WIDE MOORTHE SWEETEST THING THAT EVER GREW BESIDE A HUMAN DOOR! REFERENCE: This poem is written by William Word Worth. He was born in 1770 at Co ckermouth in Lake District. He was educated at Hawkshed Grammar School and then at St. John s College, Cambridge. His early poems reflect his love for natural bea uty, which he expressed in a unique and artificial style. Some of William s poems are Lyrical Ballads, Poems in Two Volumes and An Evening Walk. William Words Wor th is also known for his achievements as a critic. CONTEXT: In this narrative poem, which is one in the series of Lucy poems, Lucy, the innocent child becomes a symbol of charm and naivete. She is full of playfu lness and vivacity but she fall a prey to an unfortunate incident and the span o f her life is cut short due to it. The poem relates the story of the tragic end and sudden death of the sweet child.

EXPLANATION: In the lines given for explanation, the poet is referring to the sw eet, innocent child, Lucy. She is presented as a simple, Beautiful creation of N ature. She is passing a life of serene solitude on a barren land. She has no fri ends or companions. The poet compares her to a fragrant flower blossoming in the wildness. Lines YOU YET MAY SPY THE FAWN AT PLAY, THE HARE UPON THE GREEN; BUT THE SWEET FACE OF LUCY GRAY WILL NEVER MORE BE SEEN. REFERENCE: This poem is written by William Word Worth. He was born in 1770 at Co ckermouth in Lake District. He was educated at Hawkshed Grammar School and then at St. John s College, Cambridge. His early poems reflect his love for natural bea uty, which he expressed in a unique and artificial style. Some of William s poems are Lyrical Ballads, Poems in Two Volumes and An Evening Walk. William Words Wor th is also known for his achievements as a critic. CONTEXT: In this narrative poem, which is one in the series of Lucy poems, Lucy, the innocent child becomes a symbol of charm and naivete. She is full of playfu lness and vivacity but she fall a prey to an unfortunate incident and the span o f her life is cut short due to it. The poem relates the story of the tragic end and sudden death of the sweet child. EXPLANATION: In these lines, the note of tragedy creeps in. The poet admires all the beautiful creations of Nature. He appreciates the jocundity of the young de er and the frivolity of the loping hare on the green grass but he is overcome wi th gloom and sadness to realize that he would not be able to see the face of Luc y anymore. Then the poet begins describing the unfortunate incident which result s in the death of Lucy. Lines NOT BLITHER IS THE MOUNTAIN ROE: WITH MANY A WANTON STROKE HE FEET DISPERSE THE POWDERY SNOW THAT RISES UP LIKE SMOKE. REFERENCE: This poem is written by William Word Worth. He was born in 1770 at Co ckermouth in Lake District. He was educated at Hawkshed Grammar School and then at St. John s College, Cambridge. His early poems reflect his love for natural bea uty, which he expressed in a unique and artificial style. Some of William s poems are Lyrical Ballads, Poems in Two Volumes and An Evening Walk. William Words Wor th is also known for his achievements as a critic. CONTEXT: In this narrative poem, which is one in the series of Lucy poems, Lucy, the innocent child becomes a symbol of charm and naivete. She is full of playfu lness and vivacity but she fall a prey to an unfortunate incident and the span o f her life is cut short due to it. The poem relates the story of the tragic end and sudden death of the sweet child. EXPLANATION: In the lines given for explanation, the poet describes the playfuln ess and jolly mood of the sweet child, Lucy. As Lucy is proceeding to the town t

o bring her mother back from there, she seems to be in a very cheerful countenan ce. She is more active and agile then a deer. She goes on kicking at the snow. T he tender flakes of snow rise in the form of smoke. It presents an Beautiful sig ht as Lucy appears to be enraptured in her world of gaiety and gamboling. Lines THE WRETCHED PARENTS ALL THAT NIGHT WENT SHOUTING FAR AND WIDE; BUT THERE WAS NEITHER SOUND NOR SIGHT TO SERVE THEM FOR A GUIDE. REFERENCE: This poem is written by William Word Worth. He was born in 1770 at Co ckermouth in Lake District. He was educated at Hawkshed Grammar School and then at St. John s College, Cambridge. His early poems reflect his love for natural bea uty, which he expressed in a unique and artificial style. Some of William s poems are Lyrical Ballads, Poems in Two Volumes and An Evening Walk. William Words Wor th is also known for his achievements as a critic. CONTEXT: In this narrative poem, which is one in the series of Lucy poems, Lucy, the innocent child becomes a symbol of charm and naivete. She is full of playfu lness and vivacity but she fall a prey to an unfortunate incident and the span o f her life is cut short due to it. The poem relates the story of the tragic end and sudden death of the sweet child. EXPANATION: In the given lines, the poet points out that after Lucy loses he way in the tempest, she suffers a tragic death. Thereafter, her parents go on looki ng for her in every nook or corner. They are overcome with misery and depression as they fail to find her whereabouts. They are unable to visualize her charming face, neither is her sweet voice audible to them. They get no trace of her, and in the end, they are compelled to accept the tragic fact that Lucy is no more a live. Lines - YET SOME MAINTAIN THAT TO THIS DAY SHE IS A LIVING CHILD; THAT YOU MAY SEE SWEET LUCY GRAY UPON THE LONESOME WILD. REFERENCE: This poem is written by William Word Worth. He was born in 1770 at Co ckermouth in Lake District. He was educated at Hawkshed Grammar School and then at St. John s College, Cambridge. His early poems reflect his love for natural bea uty, which he expressed in a unique and artificial style. Some of William s poems are Lyrical Ballads, Poems in Two Volumes and An Evening Walk. William Words Wor th is also known for his achievements as a critic. CONTEXT: In this narrative poem, which is one in the series of Lucy poems, Lucy, the innocent child becomes a symbol of charm and naivete. She is full of playfu lness and vivacity but she fall a prey to an unfortunate incident and the span o f her life is cut short due to it. The poem relates the story of the tragic end and sudden death of the sweet child. EXPLANATION: In this closing stanza of the poem, the poet refers to the wild ima gination of those who are still living in the world of fancy believing Lucy to b e a Living Child. They have not yet reconciled to the fact that Lucy has suffered

physical death. They not only think that she is is running and playing all over the place. They t song and her voice reverberating all over the is nothing more than their imagination because o tragic end.

alive but also imagine that she also imagine Lucy singing a swee natural surrounding. However, it Lucy has already fallen a prey t