In ‘The Tables Turned,’ Wordsworth invites us to break free from the constraints of modern society and rediscover the natural world’s beauty and wisdom.
'The Tables Turned' is heavily about knowledge as well as education. The poem's primary focus is telling the reader the correct and most efficient way to obtain knowledge. The poem brings attention to the negative aspects they believe knowledge from books provides and the positive aspects the knowledge from nature can give. Overall, the poem focuses mainly on knowledge.
Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books;
Or surely you'll grow double:
Up! up! my Friend, and clear your looks;
Why all this toil and trouble?
‘The Barefoot Boy’ by John Greenleaf Whittier is a highly relatable poem that speaks on universal themes of aging and the beauty and joy of youth. The poem celebrates a young boy’s freedom and mourns the coming of age.
The poet implies his belief that real knowledge comes from nature. The boy knows this in his young years but may forget it, as many do, as he ages.