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How is the power of nature presented in storm on the island and one other poem?

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Both Healey's "storm on the island" and Wordsworth's "extract from the prelude" present the overwhelming power of nature over humans.

In "storm on the island" the poem is structured in the form of a blank verse with no rhyming pattern present. The lack of a rhyming pattern could represent the erractic and unpredictable behaviour of nature presenting it as something that is difficult to regulate and control. Alternatively, it could have connotations to the powerful destructive capabilities of nature, the lack of organisation of the stanzas possibly reflecting the mess that nature leaves in it's wake. Similarly, in Wordsworth's "extract from the prelude" a blank verse is also used, however this time not to represent the chaotic capabilites of nature but instead the frantic state of mind it leaves the boy with, causing him to move with "trembling oars" due to the intimidating presence of nature.
In both poems there is a different representation of nature; in storm on the island nature is seen as aggressive whereas in the extract of the prelude it is seen as dormant, however in both poems nature still exerts its powerful presence upon others.

Both poems present nature in different ways. In storm on the island nature is exemplified as destructive and aggressive; in the similie "spits like a tame cat turned savage". The violent verb "savage" has connotations to ferocious and barbaric actions, highlighting the ruthlessness and domination that nature has on humans conveying its state of absolute power. As the poem continues nature is depicted as villianous, the use of an aggressive war themed semantic field depicts nature as a bully as it "pummels" and "blasts" the humans and their settlements. The brutal verbs "pummels" and "blast" suggest nature is toying around with humans terrorising them haphazardly. The hostile behaviour of nature could be Seamus Healey's way of representing the instability and volatility of the Irish government stormont which souns similar to the title "storm on the island". In contrast, in Wordsworth's "the prelude"nature isn't presented as violent and aggressive but as sly and dormant. At first the boy, whom the perspective of the poem is written from, observes nature as subservient with the "silent lake" and "grey sky" presenting no fear. He feels that he can conquer nature until the volta of the poem where he sees " a huge peak black and huge".The clever use of a triple represents the solidity and striking demeanour the mountain presents; presenting nature in a non violent way. It also works on highlighting the strength and elegance of nature; breaking down its facade of weakness and conveying the fact that nature is beyond humans. Furthermore, the repetition of the adjective "huge" emphasises how large the mountain is as well as the feeling of hoplessness being emitted from the boy. Wordsworths who was a romantic poet based many of his poems on nature and their impacts on humans therefore it would be no suprise that the foundation principle of the prelude would be the theme of the power of nature.
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