- Tintern Abbey (poem)
"Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey on revisiting the banks of the Wye during a tour, July 13, 1798" (often abbreviated to Tintern Abbey or Lines) is a poem written by
William Wordsworth. Tintern Abbeyis an abbey abandoned in 1536 and located in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire.The poem is of particular interest in that Wordsworth's descriptions of the Banks of Wye outline his general philosophies on nature.
Its significance is that it is the last poem in "
Lyrical Ballads" — it is a poem of re-visitation, both to the central themes of the Advertisement, and to nature itself. Wordsworth is revisiting the abbey after five years, and we learn that he has changed since then ('I cannot paint what then I was'). He is revisiting a place where once he had no knowledge of the sublime, and no 'feeling' towards nature.
tyle and structure
The poem is written in
blank verse(unrhymed iambic pentameter). Though Wordsworth wrote this poem in 1798, the subject is of what he remembers from 1793. This poem takes place in the poet's mind. Wordsworth's emphasis in the beginning of "five years have passed…" and constantly using the word "again" shows that time is important for this poem.
*Lines 1-24: Revisiting the natural beauty of the Wye area filled the poet with "tranquil restoration."
*Line 37: By sublime, Wordsworth means a type of divine creativity/inspiration.
*Lines 35-49: Here Wordsworth goes on to say that the gifts given to him by the abbey (the tranquil restoration, etc.) have in themselves given him another gift, one that is even more sublime. Nature itself has relieved Wordsworth of a giant burden. This burden is the questioning of God/religion/purpose of life.
* Woodring, Carl. "Wordsworth". Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965.
* [http://www.online-literature.com/wordsworth Wordsworth biography and works]
* [http://www.poetry-online.org/wordsworth_tintern_abbey.htm Online Text of Poem]
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