The "Lucy poems " consist of "Strange fits of passion have I known", "She dwelt among the untrodden ways", "I travelled among unknown men", "Three years she grew in sun and shower", and "A slumber did my spirit seal".
Identity of Lucy: Wordsworth did not reveal the inspiration for the character of Lucy, and over the years the topic has generated intense speculation among literary historians. Moorman suggests that Lucy may represent Wordsworth's Romantic interest Mary Hutchinson, but wonders why she would be represented as one who died. It is possible that Wordsworth was thinking of Margaret Hutchinson, Mary's sister who had died. There is no evidence, however, that the poet loved any of the Hutchinson other than Mary. It is more likely that Margaret's death influenced but is not the foundation for Lucy. Some critics are with the opinion that the series was written for the poet's sister Dorothy.
"Strange fits of passion have I known"
At once, the bright moon dropped.”.. Briefly comment on the sudden disappearance of the moon?
Ans: The sudden disappearance of the moon stimulates the thought of a possible more grievous disappearance in the narrator’s mind. The moon is a traditional symbol of change. In the poem the moon is peculiarly fixed in the intensity of the narrator’s gaze while he rides and yet it is also oddly mobile as it descends and drops with uncanny speed which is made mysterious by an optical illusion.
"She dwelt among the untrodden ways"
Half hidden from the eye!
---Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.” … With which Lucy has been compared to?
Ans: With an economy of words the narrator sees the simplicity in Lucy in a pair of complementary images. The solitary, hidden violet is she. She is visible as Venus, emblem of love and first star of evening. Wordsworth views her as "the single star, completely dominating lover’s world, not arrogantly like the sun, but sweetly and modestly”.Wordsworth’s Lucy appeals close to the violet and lies in her seclusion and her perceived affinity with nature.