We Are Seven by William Wordsworth is best represented by the Abby in the Oakwood illustration. The poem is an interesting conversation between a little girl who is full of life and a man. The theme of this poem is death and so is this picture. I believe the color contrast in this picture paints the ideas of life and death.
The little girl believes she has seven siblings in total, though two have passed away.
Then did the little Maid reply,
“Seven boys and girls are we;
Two of us in the church-yard lie,
Beneath the church-yard tree
- William Wordsworth, Stanza 8
This stanza best represents the the illustration because underneath the church yard, are the graves of her siblings perhaps. Throughout the poem she maintains her ground and innocence and continues to believe her siblings are still with her and she sometimes goes to eat with them or sew. The contrast from dark to light reminds me of the little girl’s way of thinking. In the beginning, she seems to be in denial and does not understand much about death, but by the end of the poem, the reader realizes that she understands plenty, perhaps more than the man. She refuses to exhibit grief, but rather accepts that things in life change and looks at things in a bright light such as the sky and continues to live her life as happily as she can.