'Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour' - William Wordsworth, 1798

'Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting The Banks Of The Wye During A Tour' - William Wordsworth, 1798

Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting The Banks Of The Wye During A Tour', or better known as simply 'Tintern Abbey' is a 1798 poem by William Wordworth that conforms to the Romantic style of poetry, focussing on the love and worship of nature's power and awe and it's immense, charm and grace. Akin to these characteristics of the Romantic movement, 'Tintern Abbey' serves as 18th century romantic literature that depicts nature as an awesome source of power, that when introduced to in  one's youth, has the ability to inspire and be of service to mankind in later years of adulthood. The magnificent beauty of nature serves not only as scenic landscape that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It allows one to free and heal the mind, reaching an enlightened level of spirituality and tranquility. The poem supports these ideas, through the use of literary conventions such as tone, persona, metaphor, intertextuality, imagery and symbolism. Wordsworth has composed the poem in blank verse form meaning unrhymed lines written in iambic pentameter.

The poem's opening stanza begins with Wordsworth's reflection on the five years that have passed since the speakers last visit the banks of the river Wye and the tranquil, scenic landscape that he described as "beauteous forms". Almost immediately, a peaceful, joyful mood is set by the speakers enthusiastic persona and reminiscent tone. The reader is presented with a powerfully exciting tone through the poets reminiscence on the Wye's magnificent serenity expressed via Wordworth’s use of imagery; "Once again do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs, which on a wild secluded scene impress thoughts of more deep seclusion" (lines 4-7). This deep tone emanating from the speakers passionate reflection of his memory of the Wye, is consistent through the remainder of the poem through...