Nature is seen differently in everyones eyes, it is a continuous, natural factory of animals and plants that has been destroyed by man-made factories. In the poem, Time by Allen Curnow, he shows the links between time and nature, he also shows that they both rely on each other and the words he uses all have naturalistic connotations. Whereas in Boey Kims Cheng’s Report to Wordworth he describes the effect humans have had on nature and it is our responsibility to do so, this idea was also expressed in some of Wordsworth’s poems, this could represent the importance of more than one person helping to restore nature.
Allen Curnow personifies time and nature, “I, Time, am all these, yet these exist among my mountainous fabrics like mist,” time cannot refer to itself, it is said that Curnow is talking about himself and feels like he can’t get away from his thoughts and ideas. On the other hand, nature is not anything as specific as what the poem suggests, it is just a collective name for a material word that lives independently from humans; eventhough in Report to Wordsworth the first line suggests otherwise. This poem, Time, is split into rhyming triplets, with the repetition of the words “I am” at the beginning of the first 4 stanzas, which could represent the continuous ticking of time and nature’s perpetoity. The first line of Report to Wordsworth is a double entendre, it could mean that us, humans, have to fix the damage it caused to nature or nature wants humans to return to living in the wild, instead of in cities and towns.
Report to Wordsworth is an English sonnet because it follows the rhyme scheme of a classic English sonnet (adadcdcdefefgg) if you count near rhymes, this creates a flow throughout the poem and projects the idea of immediate action is needed to save the plant. Alternatively, Time is a free verse poem, which has no distiguisable form, but follows a rhyming and verse pattern, it has 7 stanzas of 3 lines each, which are both prime numbers. The number three is found throughout the poem and holds an importance, every stanza has 3 lines, which are all rhyming triplets, also the repeated phrase “I am” has 3 letters in it and finally “am father, farm , and friend” eventhough there are other words in the list these three have alliteration and use the power of three.
Both poems represent two different connotations of nature, time shows it as a naturally occuring product of the world, that can not stop; like time and the other reflects nature as a natural thing that now relies on humans because we effected it to the point of dependance. Allen Curnow shows the simularities and connections between time and nature, by saying time is nature, “I am the nor-west air among the pines” these connections change how the reader sees time and makes them see it more as an unmovable, unstoppable, continuos process that keeps on going. It also challenges the meaning of nature and how it isn’t alone, it is intertwined with other factors; such as time, that effect how elements of nature grow and thrive and vice versa. In contrast, Report to Wordsworth relays the idea of nature being everything that was here before humans started to manipulate and destroy it, it is not the thing that effects anything, it is only being effected by a more powerful force. Boey Kim Cheng shows the extent of the effect humans have had on nature and that we have even gone far enough that even the Roman and Greeks can not fix our mistakes, “Neptune lies helpless as a beached whale.”
In conclusion, both poems view nature in two different ways, Time showing it as an interconnecting machine of time, animals and life, whereas A Report to Wordswoth uses the structure of a block sonnet to represent the damage humans have done to nature and how we need to restore it to its natural state. These two poems show that not everyone has the same view on nature and many other poets have conveyed nature in a different way.