Summary of Wordsworth’s A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal

A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal is one of William Wordsworth’s ‘Lucy’ poems. The poem is an expression of Wordsworth’s feelings on the death of a loved one. The poet expresses his feelings and also imagines his beloved after death.


In this poem, the narrator says that he was in a state of unconsciousness as if he were sleeping. He was in such a trance that he did not want to acknowledge the fear that any human being has, especially the fear of death — so is with Lucy.

Lucy’s presence in the narrator’s life has always been eternal, though her body does not move anymore now. Her eternal presence has become an eternal absence. He thinks it to be the rotation of the earth.

Just as the rocks and the trees of the earth are liable to grow, develop, die and decompose, in the same way, it was with Lucy also and the poet will have to accept it.

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