Monday, 29 July 2019

ISC's Compilation of Lucy Poems and the Problem with it.

Lucy Poems is a set of five lyrical ballads, composed by English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth. Being introduced to Wordsworth at various stages of my life, both through an enthusiasm for English as well as on an academic level, I grew a deep appreciation for his work. In Elective English class, my teacher introduced me to Lucy Poems, a dreamy, sorrowful and intensely passionate set of poems about the poet’s love, Lucy. In the prescribed text by ISC, there were four poems given, ‘Strange fits of passion have I known, ‘She dwelt among the untrodden ways’, ‘I travelled among unknown men’ and ‘A slumber did my spirit seal’. Naturally, I studied and analysed these four poems without knowing until much later of the existence of a fifth poem that completes the ballad. This missing poem, ‘Three years she grew in sun and shower’ is the longest poem and perhaps, the most beautiful. It shows Lucy as the person Nature intended her to be. While the previous poem hinted at her growth in ‘And she I cherish’d turn her wheel, Beside an English fire’, this poem shows the completion of her ascent to maturity. 

The more I analysed the fourth poem, the less I understood why ISC would omit it. If they could include a gruelling twenty stanzas of Resolution and Independence, a pivotal poem in a collection of poems that I believe defines the poet’s character must be included. While the other three poems present Lucy in an excessively dream-like state with no real insight into her as a person, the fourth adds a touch of ground reality to this fantasy. While still maintaining its reverie through having Lucy’s description recited by Nature itself, it provides features to Lucy that so far have been missing. She loses a touch of her elusiveness making her even more alluring and thus, making the loss of her even more heartbreaking. This is the only poem in which we are properly introduced to Lucy, she is a ‘breathing’ character. Moreover, while Lucy has always seen in examples of nature like in ‘She dwelt among the untrodden ways’  and ‘ The bowers where Lucy play’d’, here we see nature as a third entity, as Nature. This heightens the conclusion of the poem where Lucy’s union with nature is complete and she becomes ‘Roll’d round in earth’s diurnal course’. 

Of course, there are several literary nuances to the poem that makes it appealing such as the mention of a willow which is an obvious allusion to her death and the fact that Nature created her to be ‘The girl, in rock and plain, In earth and heaven, in glade and bower’, a prophecy that is fulfilled as not only did she indeed play in these bowers but also left a lasting impact on those around her, memorialising herself and Nature. It also heightens the poet’s love for England as seen in the third poem, this is important as his love for Lucy inadvertently becomes the reason for him loving England. 

In conclusion, each of the poems forms an integral part of the story as a whole, therefore, to exclude any of them would be disrespect to the integrity of the collection. The first introduces the concept of Lucy and is the literal representation of the poet longing to be with Lucy but never being able to reach her, which forms the crux of the poems. The second shows the intimate relationship between Nature and Lucy, a point which is only realised in the fourth and depicts her isolation but juxtaposing union with nature. The third shows the aftermath of Lucy’s death on the poet and justifies his love for England, explaining his romanticism. The fourth allows deeper insight into Lucy and thus, we no longer see her as a dream but rather, as a memory of time passed. The fifth is a reassertion of Lucy’s death and allows for the completion of her union with nature as she becomes a part of it. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

A Roundup of 10 Top Blogging & Instagramming Tips of 2016.

2016 has been a year of blogging for me. The greatest things that happened to me this year were in the sphere of blogging. I got my first sponsorship, got invited on a press trip to Bali, figured out how hard it is to manage school and blogging, got a promo code of my name, hit follower goals and overall just created a lot of content. Wanderlustric is my happy place, it's the little world that I control and it genuinely means so much to me that you stick around and you do leave comments and send me emails. So thank you. I'll always appreciate every single one of you. 

1. If you're feeling uninspired, look back at your content. 

I know that you would think if you're feeling uninspired you should browse a couple of other blogs and Instagram accounts just to get ideas flowing, however, I've realised that its much better to just look back at your old content and what got you inspired in the first place. For me that's stories, travel, nature and day to day people. These are the things that fascinate me and these are the origins of all my content. 

2. Unsplash

Unsplash is a photo-sharing website where you can also use other people's images for free. It's genuinely where half of my blog post ideas come from, you could see a picture of two friends travelling and write a post on 30 best places to travel to with your best friend or see a picture of a concert and write about the best festivals categorized according to continents. The pictures are endless therefore the ideas that can spawn from them are endless.

3. The way to get ahead is to get started.

It's simple.

4. There has to be a balance between quantity & quality.

I'm genuinely tired of seeing articles debating on whether quality > quantity or quality < quantity. I think that there has to be a balance but the balance should be leaning towards quantity, simply for one reason. This reason is that if you focus too much on quality you'll end up posting once in 8 months. The best quality would be closest to perfection and perfection in the creative world is a useless and meaningless word.
I do not encourage posting mediocre articles 7 times a day but the reason I would move towards quantity more is because you can always improve on quality as time progresses and you'll never fully be satisfied.

5. You already have the tools you need.

Truly, all you need is an internet connection. Don't wait for certain scenarios to occur in your life, build yourself up to them so that when the moment arises you'll be prepared.

6.  It's imperative to disconnect.

Take a trip to a deserted cabin in the mountains where there's barely any phone connectivity let alone wifi. We are all human. We all need time away from Snapchat stories, Instagram comments etc., especially as bloggers.

7. The more you post on Instagram, the more followers you'll get.

I know, it's easier said than done but it does work. The ultimate proof is Chiara Ferragni.

8.  Casey Neistat will always work as motivation.

For days when you've got a million different things to do and it's imperative that they're done by a certain time but all you really find yourself doing is watching Netflix and eating, watch Casey Neistat. I've spoken about him before therefore I won't go into further detail but literally, all you have to do to get yourself out of a slump is to watch this, this & this.

9. Facebook groups are a great way to find bloggers to collaborate with.

Join as many Facebook groups that center around your niche as you can, you'll be flooded with opportunities.

10. Maintain your strive.

Blogging isn't easy, it is a full-time job. But if you enjoy it as much as I do, you'll love the late nights and sore eyes.

Once again, thank you for sticking around. Here's to a year of fun, happiness and productivity!

Have an extraordinary year.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

10 Things Every Blogger Needs.


Every blogger needs certain 'must-have' tools to help them with their plans to conquer the world. Here are some of my favourites ranging from calendars and planners to candles and coffee. I've been blogging for about two years now so this is perfectly curated from two years worth of solid experience and my genuine and honest tips. 

1. A huge calendar to hang up.

I like this to constantly remind myself of what's coming the following month. Further, it's more useful than a desk calendar or a notebook one because this way I cant really avoid the deadlines and events that stare at me each time I sit down to work. I also prefer bigger ones because then I can keep a more detailed list of events per day. 

2. An ideas notebook.

Everyone has one. It's the little notebook where all your ideas emerge suddenly and beautifully fall into place. You can start off with just using it for blog post ideas but it'll soon emerge into your blogging gospel and contain important collaboration information, passwords, picture composition ideas, blog post ideas, and stress doodles. I have one and it's a little black notebook with colourful section dividers and its even the notebook where the name 'Wanderlustric' came to life. I was playing with the words wanderlust, travel, explore and it just happened. The page is now torn out and hung up on my mood board which brings me to my second point...

3. A mood board. 

A mood board is basically like a Pinterest board come to life. It helps me to have physical reminders of what I'm trying to reach and my priorities pinned up.

4. Coffee

Enough said.

5. Scented Candles.

Okay so this is going to sound a bit trite but if I buy a particular scent, for example, Vanilla, and light it each time I'm sitting down to purely write, it just helps with the flow of creativity and I relate the scent to thinking and working hard.

6. An extensive collection of post-it notes.

Because as a blogger plans change:  You further on ideas, plans change again, you're reminded of an entire section of your life that's not covered on your planner and plans change again.

7. Back up batteries for EVERYTHING.

Enough said pt. 2.

8. A succulent or cacti garden.

I'm not using succulents or cacti because they're aesthetically pleasing ( okay maybe a little bit ) but rather because these are plants that survive if you water them only once a week a.k.a. perfect for your busy life. I've always been brought up around plants and this is such a necessity for me.

9. Patience.

 If you're a blogger then I know what it feels like to feel so incredibly frustrated with how slow paced people and goals can be sometimes. However we both know that continuing to work hard and work for success even when it feels like it isn't coming is the only way to keep sane. Patience is a virtue.

10. A good attitude.

To further on the point above, being positive and keeping your work ethic in the earliest hours of the morning and moving on to different projects quickly when others don't work out is all you can really do sometimes, and the good thing is - it'll be enough.

Have a splendid day.

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