The Nightingale by Coleridge and Wordsworths Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey compared.

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Q: The concept of nature was extremely important to the Romantic poets. With reference to two poems, examine the ways in which nature is presented.

The concept of nature and imagination were extremely important to Wordsworth, Coleridge and most of the Romantic poets. This is especially evident in ‘The Nightingale’, whereby Coleridge reflects on natures association with man- more specifically it’s disassociation and also evident in ‘lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey’, which celebrates Wordsworth’s return to the Wye valley, which he had visited five years previously when he was on a walking tour, with his sister Dorothy. The importance of nature is presented in both poems through the use of language to convey the idea and themes of nature as soothing, spiritual presence; beautiful in vision and more importantly the importance nature has, in inspiring joy.

The concept of nature is evident in Wordsworth’s ‘Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey’, as the whole first verse of the poem gives the reader an in-depth commentary of the rustic scenery, in which the speaker, Wordsworth recites the features of the landscape such as: ‘The sea waters, rolling from their mountain-springs’, presenting nature as peaceful and serene. As he then continues to behold the effect of ‘Which on a wild secluded scene impress’ upon him ‘thoughts of more deep seclusion’. The alliteration of the ‘secluded scene’ portrays the sparse cliffs and serves the purpose of putting stress on the word ‘impress’ to emphasise the strong, impressionable effect of nature has upon him.

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Nature is also presented as providing a strong and soothing affect on Wordsworth in the ‘lonely rooms, and mid the din/ of towns and cities’, where the memories and images he conjures up in his weariness can be ‘felt in the blood, and felt along the heart,/ And passing even into my purer mind/ with tranquil restoration’. Both the images of the images of ‘blood’ and ‘heart’, invoke a strong and active images of life as the heart is mostly associated with being alive, giving the impression that the images of nature revive him, as well as calm his ...

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