Text analysis “My heart leaps up” Approaching Literary Genres p. 38 Millennium • FOCUS ON THE MEANING 1. What sight moves the poet? • The sight of a rainbow in the sky. 2. Highlight in yellow the expressions that indicate the periods of his life the poet refers to in the poem. What are they? • He refers to: childhood (“when my life began”, line 3) adulthood (“now I am a man” line 4) old age (“when I shall grow old” line 5). 3. What does the poet mean by the expression highlighted in blue ? Give reasons for your choice/s: The child and the man are the same thing There is a natural progression from child to man The emotions felt as a child last forever. This line (“The Child is Father of the Man” line 7) is very complex. All of the three meanings are acceptable: – “The child and the man are the same thing” means that the identity of child and man is the same. They are not something different in nature. – “There is a a natural progression from child to man” means that, contrary to the usual approach (the man is the father of the child) , the child is the starting point and man develops out of child. – “The emotions felt as a child last forever” means that the emotional life of man is created and developed by his experiences as a child 4. • • • What is the poet’s final wish? He wishes to be able to live a life unified by “natural piety” (line 9), that is to say, he feels a sense of belonging to nature, and therefore he loves and respects it. the theme of contact with nature is central to Romanticism. FOCUS ON THE 5. a. • b. • c. • d. • e. • f. • LINE LENGTH Look up the underlined words in a dictionary and divide them into syllables. behold be / hold rainbow rain / bow began be / gan Father Fa / ther natural nat / u / ral piety pi / e / ty 6. 6. 7. Look at the syllable division indicated in the first line (/) to complete the division into sillables of the poem’s lines. My / heart / leaps / up / when / I / be / hold (8 syllables) A / rain / bow / in / the / sky: (6 syllables) So / was / it / when / my / life / be / gan; (8 syllables) So / is / it / now / I / am / a / man, (8 syllables) So / be / it / when / I / shall / grow / old, (8 syllables) Or / let / me / die! (4 syllables) The / child / is / Fa / ther / of / the / Man; (8 syllables) And / I / could / wish / my / days / to / be (8 syllables) Bound / each / to / each / by / nat / u / ral / pi / e / ty (11 syllables) The lines of the poem have a different number of syllables. Write it for each line. a. b. ‒ ‒ Which is the shortest line? Which is the longest? The shortest line is line 6 The longest line is line 9.