Essay about Analysis Of ' Tintern Abbey ' And ' Frost At Midnight '

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To writers of the romantic period the definition of nature wasn’t clear-cut and simple. To most nature was something we as industry-bred humans must learn to appreciate and be awed by. Authors such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge, viewed nature as a contrasting subject to industry and as a great teacher to those willing to venture out into it to learn. Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey” and Coleridge’s “Frost at Midnight share not only an appreciation of nature but also a similar form and idea about nature’s role in humanity as well. One may notice upon reading either of these poems that they can be broken into stages or sections. In both “Tintern Abbey” and “Frost at Midnight” the first stage is a description of the surrounding nature the author will later reflect on. In “Tintern Abbey” Wordsworth describes his surroundings as “…waters rolling from their mountain-springs/”, “…steep and lofty cliffs/”, “…little lines/ Of sportive wood run[ing] wild…”(925). Coleridge’s “Frost at Midnight” describes his surroundings with phrases such as “owlet’s cry”, “…the thin blue flame/ Lies on my low burnt fire…” and “…at by my side/ My cradled infant slumbers peacefully”(956). Compared to Wordsworth’s mountainous view, Coleridge seems to be in a much more peaceful and safe area but nonetheless he is aware of the beauty and danger around him. Both poems also share a great attention to detail and a sublime view of nature. To the Romantics sublimity could be described as the feeling…

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