My heart leaps up
"My Heart Leaps Up" is one of Wordsworth's most popular poems written in 1802 that belongs to the collection "Poems in two Volumes". This poem is composed by nine lines and embodies a simple idea: from an ordinary episode, the sight of a rainbow,
the poet reflects on how childhood experiences influence adult life.
In the 7th line there is a famous paradox: "The Child is the father of the Man". The Child is innocent and pure. Moreover, he has immagination that that makes him better and wiser than the Man.
The "natural piety", that links the poet's days each to each, is the instinctive attitude of children and represents their natural feelings of wonder and joy. This inborn sense of wonder at such a spectacular sight in the heaven is opposed to the artificial piety that can be the product of a religious istruction.
Wordsworth says that the sight of the rainbow remains in his mind as strong as a grown man as when he was a child and he wants that to continue in his old age. Otherwise he would rather die.