Poem of the Week: She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways

Thursday Greetings!

I just realized (yes, just now) that my post on Monday said “Thursday Greetings”… That was a typical “Alyssa” move if I ever saw one. Haha! My apologies. I do hope that didn’t throw you off too badly!

Today, however, is Thursday (at least I hope) and is also the day for our “Poem of the Week”. This week’s poem is “She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways” by William Wordsworth. It was written in 1798 when Wordsworth was 28 years old, and is one of five “Lucy” poems that Wordsworth is famous for. The “Lucy” poems portray an ideal woman that the speaker was affectionate towards and lament her death. Lucy may have been based on a real person, or entirely imagined; we can’t be certain.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

She Dwelt among the Untrodden Ways

"She dwelt among the untrodden ways
            Beside the springs of Dove,
          A Maid whom there were none to praise
            And very few to love:

          A violet by a mossy stone
            Half hidden from the eye!
          --Fair as a star, when only one
            Is shining in the sky.

          She lived unknown, and few could know
            When Lucy ceased to be;                                   
          But she is in her grave, and, oh,
            The difference to me!"

~William Wordsworth


In this poem Lucy was a woman whose beauty and charm were unknown to the world. She “dwelt among the untrodden ways”. To the speaker, however, she did not go unnoticed. There were few to miss her upon her death, but on one, at least, it made an indescribable impact.


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