The Lines Left Upon a Sean In a Yew-Tree

The poem “Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-tree” by Wordsworth, differs with the Enlightenment sensibility as the poem is majorly influenced by the idea of harmonizing with nature. It describes how life with nature, prevails the young boy’s previous life within society. Where this young boy sets upon a place far away from his providence to be intertwined with nature. The young boy sails to his adventure and sees, “This lonely yew-tree stands/ Far from all human dwelling (lines 1-2).” The young boy accepts the isolated island, away from all interaction from humans or urbanization. In lines 15-17 it states, “With big with lofty views … went forth, pure in heart against the taint,/ Of dissolute tongues, ‘gainst jealousy, and hate,/ And scorn, — against all enemies prepared,/ All but neglect.” This shows how the boy disregarded all the problems and negativity that came from living in society and embraced nature. The boy came to a realization that with nature, there is nothing fear but there is everything to embrace.


All in all the poem describes the life of a young boy living away from the ideals of the Enlightenment sensibility. It shows how logic and reason are not always how people embodied their decisions, but through emotions as well. This poem explicitly shows rejection of the Enlightenment sensibility, and the acceptance of Romanticism.





One thought on “The Lines Left Upon a Sean In a Yew-Tree

  1. This is a good description of the poem and use of quoted evidence to illustrate the point you’re making. However, what about the “why”? Do you have a sense of why the poem makes this appeal to nature? Try to ask and answer the “why” question whenever you’re interpreting a short work like a poem.

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