Nature’s role in Tintern Abbey
‘Five years have past, five summers, with the length Of five long winters!’ We can see that the beginning of the poem starts with the speaker referring back to his memories, but what makes an impression is that those recollections of the past events are driven back to a specific place in time, to the childhood. Many people might wonder what is the connection between, the nature and the childhood, and why Wordsworth started his work in such a peculiar way. The answer to that is very simple. Childhood represents happiness, freedom and tranquility, and in the same time this is exactly what Nature gives to people, both adults and children. And it should be pointed out also is that character speaks of five years back in time, which tells us that something of great importance occurred during that period. Now in the very next lines the readers can observe how Nature is represented and depicted, and what is really impressing is the simplicity of the language that is used to show the exact picture. But it is simple not because the hero cannot explain himself, but because this is a kind of a personal confession.The man is not ashamed nor is afraid to speak with all his heart and soul. Here comes the part where we should look back at the title because it has a meaning, too. As if the character wanted God also to hear his personal thoughts which are addressed towards Nature.
He wants to tell us that man and Nature are something inseparable. Of what he describes in the first few lines we understand that he is in a deep regret because he has interrupted in time his touch with Nature, and by returning once again as an adult he wants to prove that he is no longer thoughtless as in his boyhood, and that now he is fully aware of what she can offer him once more. We see that he will no longer waste his time as in his early days, and that he will cherish each moment amongst the rivers and the woods which will leave him with pleasant memories. The past, the present and the future are represented in a very interesting and complex way. During the whole literary work they take turn, change places, always telling us that Nature is not separable from humans.
We can say that the most of the work is a some kind off monologue in which the character talks to the people but in the same time is speaking to himself. It is important also to be noted out that all happens in the character’s imagination, thus showing us what is significant is the picture of the mind and it does not matter whether if it is occurring in the present, in the future or in the past. The following excerpt shows us truly what the hero’s position is and what he meant to say and that there is something sublime not in humans but in Nature, and that she contributes not only for the self-preservation of the humans but everything that surrounds us. ‘These Beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye:
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’
We cannot fail to notice that it starts again with recognition towards Nature. He says that nevertheless he was away from her all those years, he never forgot how calm and peaceful he felt back then, and that he is ready to embrace and live through his days of happiness and joy once again without hesitation. The hero uses incredibly strong comparison to depict that, and he mentioned the blind man only for one purpose, to remind people who had lost their connection to Nature. Like the blind man they cannot see what is in front of their eyes and how astonishing it is, the only difference is that in their case they wittingly turned their looks away. Also here we can find an example of the sudden change between the past and the present when the...
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