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Critical appreciation of Tintern Abbey, focussing on the ways in which it is a typical romantic poem.

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AS and A Level William Wordsworth

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Critical appreciation of 'Tintern Abbey', focussing on the ways in which it is a typical romantic poem.

Set in the tranquil welsh countryside, the opening of the poem is dense in naturalistic imagery impelling the reader to be transported into the magnificent "wild, secluded scenes" and thus forcing the reader to appreciate the power and beauty of nature just as Wordsworth himself does, an approach typical of Romanticism. Samuel Taylor Coleridge saw poetry as "the mediatress between, and reconciler of nature and man". This quote lends significance to the fact that the opening stanza immediately connects nature with man, focusing on the emotions that nature enforces and man feels, forming the connection between the two and thus defining the poem as undoubtedly Romantic.

Wordsworth finds solace in the memory of the landscape; it provides him with "tranquil restoration". This was particularly important for Wordsworth seeing as he suffered from what we now call bipolar disorder and thus, emotionally, he would have been very unstable. Nature acts as "the anchor of my purest thoughts". It is Wordsworth's constant; unlike the world around him that is radically changing in an industrial revolution. Nature is fixed and impervious

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