Tintern Abbey Essay

1045 Words Oct 2nd, 1999 5 Pages
Past, Present, and Future: Finding Life Through Nature William Wordsworth poem “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey” was included as the last item in his Lyrical Ballads. The general meaning of the poem relates to his having lost the inspiration nature provided him in childhood. Nature seems to have made Wordsworth human.The significance of the abbey is Wordsworth’s love of nature. Tintern Abbey representes a safe haven for Wordsworth that perhaps symbolizes a everlasting connection that man will share with it’s surroundings. Wordsworth would also remember it for bringing out the part of him that makes him a “A worshipper of Nature” (Line 153). Five different situations are suggested in …show more content…
At first he roamed as freely as an animal, but as he grew he felt joy and rapture and passionate involvement with his own youth. Now he is involved with human concerns. He has become more thoughtful and sees nature in the light of those thoughts. He still loves nature, but in a more mature and more emotionally subdued way. Can he salvage the meaning of the abbey and take it with him as an inspiration? In the second stanza he relates how in the five intermediate years he would often attempt to remember Tintern Abbey, to recapture that harmony of mind and environment. He has spent some time away from the region and has forgotten the experience, he becomes doubtful and feels isolated from nature. He recapture the feeling, however, when he refers to these lines in the fourth stanza: The picture of the mind revives again: While here I stand, not only with the sense Of pleasant pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts That in this moment there is life and food For future years. (Line 62-66) In these lines he has stopped circling around the past and present, and has begun to hope for a solution for the future. There follows a comparison of his present and past selves, how they have changed and remained the same. At first he possessed a childlike wonder, but as he grew he became more involved with human concerns. He has become more thoughtful and

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