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We Are Seven Summary & Analysis
by William Wordsworth

We Are Seven Summary & Analysis
by William Wordsworth

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The English poet William Wordsworth wrote and published “We Are Seven” in 1798. This poem first appeared in Lyrical Ballads, a poetry collection that contains works by both Wordsworth and his friend and collaborator Samuel Taylor Coleridge. While it was originally published anonymously, Lyrical Ballads was highly influential and is now widely considered the springboard for British Romanticism. Indeed, the speaker of “We Are Seven” debates a young girl who believes that her two deceased siblings should be counted among her family members, staging a battle between and emotion and logic that is typical of Romantic concerns. The speaker and the child never reach an agreement, leaving behind additional questions about the nature of death and the power of familial bonds.

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