Summary of My Heart Leaps up when I Behold
In the poem ‘My heart leaps up when I behold’, William Wordsworth recollects his childhood experience and tries to give his emotion and feeling a meaning. He praises the beauty of nature and wants to die with the glory of nature. For him, human life is very short and mortal but natural beauty is immortal.
Poet says that his heart starts to dance when he sees a rainbow in the sky. Rainbow was there when the poet was a child and now the poet is a grown-up man and rainbow is still there in the sky. Poet will grow old and die but the rainbow will remain fresh forever. The poet wishes his days to be filled with natural beauty and its glory.
Wordsworth says that ‘the child is the father of man’ because everything is the outcome of the past. Manhood begins with childhood. Childhood comes first, so it is the foundation for manhood. The present condition of manhood is the result of childhood, the past. For the poet, childhood is the source of literacy creation.
William Wordsworth is a lover of nature. For his human pleasure is gained only through nature. In this poem, He shows the endless process of nature as rainbow was there in the past, is at present and will be in the future. The rainbow symbolizes purity and immortality of nature. It is also the symbol of the continuation of nature and life. Like rainbow human life is colorful, but it is momentary.