Study Guide

London, 1802 Admiration

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Milton! Thou should'st be living at this hour:
England hath need of thee (1-2)

This appeal to Milton is the first thing we see in the poem – Wordsworth's desperate plea to his fellow poet shows his great respect for him, and implies furthermore that the whole country is in need of him.

Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart (9)

This astronomical comparison demonstrates Wordsworth's great admiration for Milton – he calls the other poet literally out of this world.

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