TINTERN ABBEY Nature and Mankind in Wordsworth
“Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tinter Abbey” is the former poem of the Lyrical Ballads (1798). That lyrical writing has its roots in history. Wordsworth did indeed revisit the abbey on the date stipulated after half a decade's absence. His previous visit had been on a solitary walking tour as a twenty-three-year-old in August 1793. His life had since taken a considerable turn: he had split with his French lover, while on a broader note Anglo-French tensions had escalated to such an extent that Britain would declare war later that year. The Wye - the beloved river placed near the abbey, the “[…] sylvan Wye!" (v. 56) as in many of his other poems, Wordsworth personifies natural forms or nature as a whole by addressing them directly in an apostrophe - on the other hand, had remained much the same, affording the poet opportunity for contrast. Nature is something which cannot change radically as society, is the last bulkwark for a torned man like Wordsworth a restoring entity, “[...] that blessed mood / in which the burthen of the mistery / in which the heavy and the weary weight / of all this un intellegibile world / is lightened [...]” (v. 36-41). A large portion of the poem explores the impact of the passing of time, contrasting the obviousness of it in the visitor with its seamlessness in the visited. This theme is emphasized from the beginning of this work in the former line. "Five years have passed [...]" but the poet remembers everything of the last visit. The memory of pure communion with nature in adolescence works upon the mind even in adulthood an age when access to that pure communion has been lost and that the maturity of mind offers compensation for the loss of that communion. Wordsworth describes how his memories of the scene inspired and sustained him over the past five years. Life away from nature is described as being "[…] in lonely rooms, and mid the din / of towns and cities, I have owed to them /...
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