Analysis Of The Poem ' The ' Of Lucy Gray / Will Never More Be Seen '

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The poem centers on a young girl who went out into a storm one night and was never found again. The opening stanza sets up the poem, introduces the title character, and foreshadows saying, “I chanced to see at break of day/The solitary child” (3-4). In the second stanza, we learn about Lucy, “no mate, no comrade…the sweetest this that ever grew” (5, 7). Lucy is a sweet, young, loner of sorts who lives in the moor with her family. In the third stanza we learn the Lucy is no longer alive, “But the sweet face of Lucy Gray/Will never more be seen” (11-12). The fourth stanza starts telling the story of Lucy’s disappearance. Her father had her go to town one night during a storm and carry a lantern to “light/Your mother through the snow” (15-16). It is not clear whether she was going to town to pick up her mother or not, but we can infer the former because lines 33 and 34 say, “The wretched parents all that night/Went shouting far and wide” (33-34). She obliged and took her lantern with her as her father got more fuel for the fire. Lucy is the epitome of a sweet, innocent girl. Wordsworth says about the girl, “Not blither is the mountain roe/With many a wanton stroke…” (25-26). He is saying she was happier than any deer trudging through the snow that night. However, as she is out that night the storm came on early than it was supposed to “and many a hill did Lucy climb: But never reached the town” (31-32). Line 33 of the poem is when the reader’s mood…

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