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Romanticism in "A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey"

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Erica Statly

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Transcript of Romanticism in "A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey"

Romanticism in "A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey"
A major component of the Romantic movement was nature. It included enjoying and appreciating the world around you.
In "A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" nature is mentioned several times.
"Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,
That on a wild secluded scene impress
Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect
The landscape with the quiet of the sky."

In Line 153, Wordsworth refers to himself as a worshiper of nature.
"We stood together;
and that I, so long
A worshipper of Nature,
hither came
Unwearied in that service:"

The Romantic movement encouraged deep thoughts and intellectual thinking based off of emotion.

"Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things."

"With tranquil restoration:--feelings too
Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps,
As have no slight or trivial influence
On that best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered, acts
Of kindness and of love."

The Element of Nature
By William Wordsworth
"A Few Miles above Tintern Abbey" is a romantic poem because it conveys feeling and passion throughout the entire poem.

In Line 28, it speaks of feeling with the heart. Romantics did just that, they felt with their hearts and acted because of their emotions.

Line 92 speaks about "the still, sad music of humanity." Music was involved with the Romantic movement, but this is not literal music. This is talking about the sadness of society, conveying the emotion of a typical Romantic author.
Evidence from Text
Line 28
But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet,
Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart;
And passing even into my purer mind,
With tranquil restoration: — feelings too

Line 92
The still, sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue.
This is an example of

-feelings/instincts over reason

-emotions considered very important
This could be an example of
Idealism in the Romantic
Movement, which is defined as
the concept we can make the world
a better place. By looking at the world
through the eyes of a Romantic, we
finally appreciate the world around us.
That in itself can make the world a
better place.
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