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Extract from The Prelude (Boat Stealing) Summary & Analysis
by William Wordsworth

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The Prelude is a book-length autobiographical poem by William Wordsworth. It focuses on Wordsworth's spiritual development, which is often spurred on in the poem by the surrounding natural environment. In this early passage from The Prelude, the speaker recalls a night when he, as a young boy, steals a boat and rows out into the middle of a lake. Eventually, the boy becomes scared of a huge mountain and rows back to shore. The image of the mountain haunts him from then on, planting the seeds for a more complex relationship with nature.

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