Pagan : a person whose religious beliefs do not belong to any of the main religions
of the world.
Proteus : a character in Greek mythology who had the gift of prophecy but who,
when questioned, would assume different shapes to elude their grasp.
Triton : a sea-deity in Greek mythology, who is generally represented as blowing
a shell, his body above the waist being that of a man, below it of a dolphin.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) spent most of his life in the Lake district of northern England, and the many hours that he spent wandering about the hills and woods led to the production of some of the finest poetry on nature. His work Lyrical Ballads, co-authored with Coleridge in 1798, is regarded as the beginning of the English Romantic Movement. He selected subjects from nature and rustic life. He held the view that the language of poetry should be simple and natural.
The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.