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Wordsworth begins Tintern Abbey with the tranquil scene of nature as he is revisiting this place after Five years have passed; five summers, with the length/Of five long winters.

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SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND REJUVENATION IN TINTERN ABBEY Wordsworth begins "Tintern Abbey" with the tranquil scene of nature as he is revisiting this place after "Five years have passed; five summers, with the length/Of five long winters". This part of nature had such an impact on Wordsworth that he reflects on his memories in this place while he is away and unable to return over the course of five years. He expresses his vivid remembrance of the Wye by saying, "Though absent long, / These forms of beauty have not been to me, / As is a landscape to a blind man's eye" Even though he is unable to visit this place physically, he often escapes there in his mind to experience the pleasure he once gained from its surroundings. ...read more.

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He describes this new outlook he has obtained as he states: For I have learned To look on nature, not as in the hour Of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes The still, sad music of humanity, Not harsh nor grating, though of ample power To chasten and subdue. (89-94) This evolution of thought brings about a new philosophical and/or spiritual dimension to Wordsworth's view of nature. As he once believed nature was merely present for his pleasure and leisure, not to be taken seriously but as an escape for "restoration," now he feels nature is an inspiration and a connection to God from which he can learn new things and grow spiritually. The nature in "Tintern" is a positive influence for Wordsworth in his journey through life. Wordsworth is reflecting on his younger days when nature was his "all in all," he is also reminded of the toll age has taken on his life, both physically and spiritually. ...read more.

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mature human tenderness is not a substitute which takes the place of the love of nature, whether inferior or superior; it is a means to continue the love of nature in a different form". In "Tintern" Wordsworth has not yet lost his admiration for nature, but it is here that the reader begins to see his loss of youth and innocence which will ultimately lead to a detachment from nature. Through "Tintern Abbey" Wordsworth presents his own spiritual growth and rejuvenation. in "Tintern Abbey" he experienced a spiritual connection with nature. Much of Wordsworth's insight was derived from nature, though in some instances it was not portrayed so positively. By showing his own development and growth as a spiritual being, he creates two opposing realities: one, that nature is necessary and desirable for a spiritual connection and two, that nature will never fully take the place of eternity. ...read more.

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