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William Wordsworth and "Tintern Abbey"

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Lidia Villatoro

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Transcript of William Wordsworth and "Tintern Abbey"

William Wordsworth Created By:
Matthew Choi
Tucker Myers
Lyric Ramsue
Maria Taylor
Lidia Villatoro T - Anticipate meaning, questions? Wordsworth is composing the poem a
few miles above Tintern Abbey. He is
witnessing the entire area with a bird's
eye view.

Why is he writing about it? Does this
place mean something to him? A - Analyze narrator's and poet's attitude (tone) He feels nostalgic charm thinking of his wild days, he realizes he's lost that part of himself. However, he's learned to see things a different way, and he's thankful that some things have stayed the same. S - Note the shifts in tone, subject, speaker, situation and diction Wordsworth's tone, subject, situation and choice of words and phrases are very fluid throughout the entire piece. There aren't many shifts except for the fact that he's contrasting his views from five years ago of how he saw the "beauteous forms" of the Wye to his views on how he sees them now; he goes back and forth between both views. He keeps the mood very tranquil and passionate. Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey P - Paraphrase what the poem is about The speaker announces that it has been five years since he has last visited the tranquil scenery. He tells how images of that place from memory had a calming effect during stressful times. He says he is different since the last time he had come as a boy. He is happy to be accompanied by his sister, whom he sees the young boy that he was once. He hopes that in time, she will remember that place the way he does now, since it has become even more dear to him after returning many years later. F - Look beyond the literal and sound devices, how do they affect meaning/ feeling? The figurative devices in Wordsworth's poem affect the meaning because it tells you a lot about his feelings from his previous visit to the area. You have to read carefully. He said that when he was younger, he only thought of nature as something beautiful to look at. However, now, five years later, he can feel the presence of something very powerful, a spirit that interconnects nature with the mind and soul. The way he speaks about the imagery you can visualize in your mind while he describes the area make you feel peaceful. You can also tell by his tone that he is very passionate about nature, especially that place. T - Rethink the meaning of the title The title "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" is pretty literal. Wordsworth is writing what he thinks and feels about the area that means so much to him while he is looking at the precious view. T - What is the poem saying? What is the message? Theme: How nature can have an influence on someone
Wordsworth says that nature is the ultimate good influence on the human mind. He says that a good relationship with nature helps individuals connect to an individual's intellectual and spiritual development. He also states that nature will never betray you. Message: People become selfish and immoral if they do not have a relationship with nature. One's individual spirit becomes corrupted from the materialistic things that have no meaning in life. Exact Connection
Wordsworth set out on a walking tour of Europe and came into contact with the French Revolution. This made him interested in the life, troubles and speech of the common men. WilliamWordsworth
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