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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.


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