I Travelled among Unknown Men | William Wordsworth
I travelled among unknown men,
In lands beyond the sea;
Nor, England! did I know till then
What love I bore to thee.
‘Tis past, that melancholy dream!
Nor will I quit thy shore
A second time; for still I seem
To love thee more and more.
Among thy mountains did I feel
The joy of my desire;
And she I cherished turned her wheel
Beside an English fire.
Thy mornings showed, thy nights concealed,
The bowers where Lucy played;
And thine too is the last green field
That Lucy’s eyes surveyed.
I Travelled among Unknown Men | Important Points to Remember
👉 Total lines- 16
👉 Total stanza- 4
👉 Rhyme scheme – ABAB CDCD EFEF GGGG
👉 Form- lyrical ballad.
👉The poet travelled among unknown men.
👉 The country mentioned in the poem is England.
👉 The dream is described as melancholy.
👉 The movement associated with this poem – French Revolution.
👉 The poet was in Germany when this poem was written.
👉 ‘Tis past, that melancholy dream!” – This line expresses that the poet was grief-stricken in Germany.
👉” To love thee more and more.“- Here thee refers to England, the poet’s homeland.
👉 “I travelled among unknown men “- Here unknown men refers to people living in abroad, who are strangers to the poet.
👉 The poet described his stay among unknown men(in Germany) as dream(melancholy dream).
👉 The image of turning one’s wheel refers to security and comfort in England.
👉 English fire refers to domesticity.
👉 The poet loved England because Lucy lived there.
👉 The poem speaks of Wordsworth’s love for England.
👉 ‘A second time; for still I seem’- Alliteration.