We are seven is simply a beautiful, powerful piece, it is also very emotional to read if you understood it. William Wordsworth wrote this poem in 1793, and published in his Lyrical Ballads.
At the beginning of the poem, he described and young, innocent,naïve, very smiple , little girl ...
———A simple Child,
That lightly draws its breath,
And feels its life in every limb,
What should it know of death?
I met a little cottage Girl:
She was eight years old, she said;
Her hair was thick with many a curl
That clustered round her head.
She had a rustic, woodland air,
And she was wildly clad:
Her eyes were fair, and very fair;
—Her beauty made me glad.
Then the conversion between this girl and a stranger begins, the man asked her how many brothers and sisters does she have, and the child answers him, then he asked her where they are and then he gets confused.
“Sisters and brothers, little Maid,
How many may you be?”
“How many? Seven in all,” she said,
And wondering looked at me.
“And where are they? I pray you tell.”
She answered, “Seven are we;
And two of us at Conway dwell,
And two are gone to sea.
“Two of us in the church-yard lie,
My sister and my brother;
And, in the church-yard cottage, I
Dwell near them with my mother.”
Clearly the little girl has counted her dead brother John and her dead sister Jane , and the man found that inaccurate since most people-lets face it, doesn't count the dead members anymore, but this little girl did! and he found that very strange, perhaps the little girl is in denial??
Then he insisted that they are only now five not seven-umm who is being the child here? The little girl clearly knows that they are dead, so why insisting that they are alive?
Here comes the powerful, emotional part. The little girl, is happy that her sister is no longer sick, and that God took her to take her pain away, and she believes that she'll see her someday and her brother in heaven, she still thinks of them as a members of her family, because they are! and being dead doesn't extract them from the family. The little girl understood that and she moved on, living her life, smiling, dancing, and singing, but she doesn't forget about them. She is dancing and eating and playing around their graves(Her house is near the court yard so she and her mother are around the graves alot-
The "grow up" stranger still don't get the girl point of view.
“But they are dead; those two are dead!
Their spirits are in heaven!”
’Twas throwing words away; for still
The little Maid would have her will,
And said, “Nay, we are seven!”
Very powerful and inspirational poem, i suggest you read it :)
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