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1

Author

William Wordsworth

2

Story

1st person speaker recounts a past relationship that is now over

3

Themes

Loss, change, emotion

4

Tone

Nostalgic, sad, mournful

5

Form and structure

Cyclic- opens and closes with a focus on change “there is change” “such change”

Past and present- contrast between past and present held evoke a sense of loss “blest I was then” “I am poor”

6

Language

Title and formal language- “a complaint” and “business” show that this relationship was more formal, a friendship rather than romantic

Extended metaphor of water- starts as “a fountain” and becomes a “hidden well” showing the reduction and a death of a friendship. Wordsworth cannot live without water “murmuring, sparkling, living love”

7

Context

Wordsworth has recently fallen out with one of his very good friends and collaborators, Taylor Coleridge