Please support this website by adding us to your whitelist in your ad blocker. in the light of the setting suns, the ocean, the air itself, and even Of this fair river; thou my dearest Friend, My dear, dear Friend; and in thy voice I catch, The language of my former heart, and read, My former pleasures in the shooting lights. ‘Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey’ was the most notable longer poem in the collection which took as its main focus not story but thought, feeling, memory, and introspection. The language is so simple and lucid that one is not tired of reading it again and again. the scene with offering him access to that mental and spiritual "I Travell'd Among Unknown Men" (Lucy Poem), She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways (Lucy Poem), Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known (Lucy Poem), Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower (Lucy), About Us And if he himself He continues to attempt a description of how he was back them, but does not believe it will be possible. He intimates that these "feelings... / Of unremembered pleasure" may have helped him to be a better person, perhaps simply by putting him in a better mood than he would have been in otherwise: On that best portion of a good man's life. across his present sight as he travels in the woods. I began it upon leaving Tintern, after crossing the Wye, and concluded it just as I was entering Bristol in the evening, after a ramble of four or five days, with my Sister. Enter your email address to subscribe to this site and receive notifications of new posts by email. “Tintern Abbey” is composed in blank verse, which is aname used to describe unrhymed lines in iambic pentameter. This is probably Wordsworth’s best expression of the 3 stages of development typical of Romantics (of which Blake and Shelley had their own variants): the sensory “raptures” of boyhood/innocence, the “din of towns and cities”/experience, and (in Wordsworth) the “tranquil restoration” of the mature poet. He has been able to look through his base emotions and thoughts and see Nature not as he did when he was a “thoughtless youth” but as something far more sustaining. He is reminded of the pictures of the past visit and ponders over his future years. The poet has expressed his honest and natural feelings to Nature’s Superiority. The choice by the poet to avoid using any discernible rhyme scheme was due to the fact that he was addressing another person. He crossed “deep rivers” and followed nature wherever it “led” him. Then he imagines her coming back to the same spot years in the future, after he's dead, and remembering the time she came here with her brother. The speaker tells of how when he was here five years ago he ran like a child through the countryside. Wordsworth wants to make sure that his sister knows that if this is the life that she desires, she should “let the moon” shine on her during her walks. That time However, he resists the urge to become sentimentally nostalgic or to lament his lost youth, because he reasons that he has gained things by becoming older and wiser: back then, he enjoyed nature when in his ‘thoughtless youth’ (‘thoughtless’ carrying a suggestion of ‘uncaring’ as well as ‘unthinking’ or ‘unreflective’), but now it carries deeper significance because he can hear the ‘still, sad music of humanity’ within it. He describes how nature fuels everything in the world, the world is entirely made of, and created by nature. They bring to his mind the “Thoughts of… deep seclusion.” This idea of finding peaceful seclusion in nature is not one at all unfamiliar to Wordsworth’s poetry. In 1798 he returned to the same place with his beloved sister, Dorothy Wordsworth, who was a year younger. turned to the memory often in times of “fretful stir.”, Even in the present moment, the memory of his past experiences Cantor, Rebecca. Clearly, he has gained something in return: “other gifts have followed; for such loss… for I have learnt to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity”. The poet tells his sister that there is no risk in this choice and that she should allow the beauty of the world to move her. by a new set of more mature gifts; for instance, he can now “look Many of the other most famous poems from Lyrical Ballads – Wordsworth’s own ‘We Are Seven’, ‘The Idiot Boy’, ‘Simon Lee’, and ‘Anecdote for Fathers’, not to mention Coleridge’s long narrative poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ – are narratives, not meditative lyrics.