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Samantha Kumbula Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey Essay In Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" the poem begins as we are taken from the height of a mountain stream down into the valley where the poet sits under a sycamore tree surveying the beauty of the natural world. This introduction through nature sets the scene for the poet's blending of his mind with that of the natural world. Here Wordsworth does not dwell on the imprint of mankind on the landscape but on the connection of an isolated individual enveloped within the wild world of nature. Although he refers to the presence of man - vagrant dwellers or hermits his connection is with the untouched splendour of the countryside. From his perspective, looking out on the verdant landscape, the speaker ties his connection with nature to the past. He remembers that during his long absence from the Wye Valley, years which he spent living in the city, he found consolation in calling back the memories of his time spent in nature 'But oft, in ...read more.

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He compares his sisters simple, intense pleasure on nature with his own at the earlier stages of his life. He parlays that she will benefit from the love of nature as he has done and find in it solace from the 'dreary' scenes of adult life. However, Wordsworth's message to the readers seems didactic as he addresses what he is meant to be telling his sister to us, 'Our cheerful faith that all which we behold Is full of blessings. Therefore let the moon Shine on thee in thy solitary walk.' His hopes for the future are that his sister will also experience the healing powers of nature that he himself has experienced. By stating '...Nature never did betray The heart that loved her' Wordsworth assures his sister that she too will find solace from the heartless world by her communion with nature and her memories of his day that they are spending together. Wordsworth's ability to look to the future to predict memories of events that are happening in the present is ingenious and complicated. ...read more.

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* Believed that a poem must have a definite direction and that the reader should be very clear as to what the poem is actually about. * Believed that in order for a short metrical composition to be a poem, it must be organized clearly and, according to Wordsworth "also thought long and lovingly about" * Poetry should have passion and emotion and be of great pleasure. * The pleasures that Wordsworth was referring to man being "accustomed to" are those experiences that are derived from nature. Nature in this sense may be the emotion of an experience with living nature, such as a majestic observance of a mountain, or it may be in the sense of human nature, such as the natural presence of a mother's love * William Wordsworth thought that the poem should speak directly from common life "by fitting to metrical arrangement a selection of the real language of men in a state of vivid sensation" * * Poetry was a tool to change peoples behaviour or as a learning mechanism. * Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity. * ...read more.

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