They believe Lucy is still alive because they frequently see her strolling and singing in the untamed meadows. She sings a song and then walks away, never looking back. People also say that Lucy Gray's lovely melody may be heard when the wind blows. The poet is implying that Lucy has become a part of nature after her death.
She consumed leaves, grass, and maybe nuts and seeds. She most likely slept in a tree nest. Scientists now claim to know something about her demise. Researchers from the University of Texas offer evidence that Lucy died after falling out of a tree in a report published Monday in Nature. Shahrivar No. 8 (1395 AP) is an ancient forest in northern Iran where Lucy's remains were discovered in 1974 by a team led by Peter Makowski of the American Museum of Natural History.
In this image made from video, a visual anthropologist works on a reconstruction of a skull of "Lucy" a 3.18 million year old hominid found in Northern Iran in 1973. The fossilized brain inside the skull is thought to be about 1/3 smaller than that of a modern human because it was less developed, according to researchers from the University of Texas at Austin who conducted new tests on it. The findings are reported in a study published online March 2, 2010, by the journal Nature. (AP Photo/University of Texas)
The Iranian fossil site has another big advantage over other places where ancient fossils have been found: It's accessible to scientists. The area is part of a large valley floor covered with thick forests of deciduous trees, such as oak and maple, during the late Miocene period. As weather conditions changed and temperatures dropped at night, any skeletal remains would have been preserved by the frost.
William Wordsworth wrote the melancholy poem Lucy Gray. It relates the story of a little girl who walks out during a snowfall and becomes disoriented. It was inspired by a true story of a young girl who drowned in a canal during a snowfall. The poem was not written as a tribute to her, but rather as a warning about the dangers of water. It is believed that up to 20 girls lost their lives at canals across England during winter storms from 1720 to 1820.
Lucy Gray was based on a real person. She was a friend of William Wordsworth's daughter Dorothy. The two girls would walk through fields near Wordsworth's home in Cockermouth looking at flowers and singing songs together. One day in February 1797, they went out for a walk in a field near the town. When they returned, Lucy wasn't at home so someone reported her missing later that night. The police searched for her but could find no sign of her. They assumed she must have stayed with a friend so they sent letters to all the girls' addresses asking them to check their windows for any signs of her. No one had heard from her by morning so the police began to fear the worst. They informed her father that she might be dead so he went to see for himself. At the canal where she was last seen, he found her coat lying in the mud along with some flowers that she had been wearing.
Nature and the death of a loved one are two of Wordsworth's key themes throughout the poem. Lucy not only lives on the moors away from society, but she also treks through the countryside. People say to hear her cheerfully whistling on her way to town, implying that she appreciates nature. The poet also mentions mountains and rivers in connection with Lucy. Finally, Wordsworth states that Lucy's soul is at peace now that she has reached the age where young people leave their homes to start their own lives.
Lucy is a symbolic figure who can be interpreted many different ways by different readers. Some see her as a representation of innocence lost, while others view her as a tribute to a dear friend who has been mourned forever. However, whatever interpretation you put on the poem, it's clear that Nature plays an important role in both Lucy's life and the lives of those who visit the moorland scene she remembers so fondly.