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Tintern Abbey

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Annaliese Miller

on 12 March 2013

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Transcript of Tintern Abbey

Wordsworth Bio Summary Themes Form and Sound J.R.R. Tolkien 1770-1850
born in Cumberland, England
well to-do family
studied at St. John's College, Cambridge
advocate of French Revolution
married Mary Hutchinson: had five children imagery
speaker puts himself in the position of nature, truly connecting his spirit to nature
not only seeking nature but also fleeing from city life Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey longing of human spirit to be harmonious with nature
connection between human emotions and nature
passage of time
self-reflection
nostalgia/memories
solitude
beauty of nature blank verse: more reflective of the natural musings of his soul and gives the poem a more personal feel, pensive mood, stream-of-consciousness
conversational: connecting to nature, treats nature as though she is a person
harmonious sounds in words: no dissonance, no ugly-sounding words, gives the poem a peaceful atmosphere The Hobbit
Removes Bilbo Baggins from his secluded, sheltered home in the Shire
Bilbo finds his true character while interacting with the rest of the world and with nature.
Imagery and landscape scenes are vivid
Sense of self-reflection by william wordsworth considered "father" of English Romanticism
wrote "Lyrical Ballads" with
Coleridge (1798)
peaked with "Poems of Two Volumes" (1807)
wrote "The Prelude": hugely successful blank verse epic ( 1805, 1850) personal life literary career Techniques for Discussion Returns to nature after five years, reflects on how he's changed but the beauty of nature has remained constant
Reflects on spending time in nature
Admires the beauty and peace of nature
Wants his sister to connect with nature in the same way that he has
purpose/meaning: nature is an integral part of the human soul, inspires imagination and emotions, speaker feels that his thoughts and spirit would have decayed without time in nature "When the mind shall be a mansion for all lovely forms, thy memory be as a dwelling-place for all sweet sounds and harmonies." -lines 139-142 metaphor the mind is a home
preservation of his memories of nature
A home is where a person is usually most comfortable among family and personal possessions, so Wordsworth wants to keep his memories of nature close to him because they comfort him and refresh his mind. "The tall rock, the mountain, and the deep and gloomy wood, their colors and their forms, were then to me an appetite." -lines 77-80 metaphor connects desire to be in harmony with nature with hunger
implies that time in nature is as essential to humans as eating sublime
serene
blessed
affections
breath
corporeal frame
suspended
asleep
living soul
-lines 37, 41-46 "I came among these hills; when like a roe I bounded o'er the mountains, by the sides of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams, wherever nature led: more like a man flying from something that he dreads, than one who sought the thing he loves." - lines 67-72 simile diction How does this poem reflect Romanticism? 1. harmony between human spirit and nature
2. desire to escape city life in nature
3. use of blank verse
4. self-reflection/"mind poet"
5. nostalgia for the past
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