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Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey

The period of romanticism in England (1800-1832) gives five great poets divided in two groups, i.e. two generations of poets: the older (Wordsworth and Coleridge) and the younger one (Byron, Shelley and Keats). Wordsworth was the oldest among these poets but he outlived all of them and he experienced the Victorian age, too. In spite of his journey to France where he spent almost two years of his life, he remained faithful to the district where he was born, that is Lake District, "whose landscapes and people were to inform many of his poems" ("Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama", Kennedy, X.J. and Gioia, Dana, Compact Edition, HarperCollins College Division, New York, ISBN 0-673-52415-9, p.879).
Wordsworth's first significant work is his mutual collection of poetry with Coleridge, "Lyrical Ballads", fist published in 1798. The most impressive and the most valued among Wordsworth's poems in the "lyrical Ballads" is "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798, shortly known as "Tintern Abbey Revisited. Wordsworth wrote the poem in 1798 on the occasion of revisiting the old Abbey in the region of the Wye River after five years' absence. The poem abounds in the poet's meditations about this renewed "encounter" with the landscape whose beauty had excited him so much in the past. The poem is quite long (160 verses) and it is written in blank verse in a relatively praised style of an ode.
The poem opens with a statement about the poet's five years' absence. Right after this statement, a vivid, impressionist description of the landscape follows. Wordsworth manages to conjure up the picturesque place and the varied landscape in which the wild and the cultivated, the pleasant and the horrifying, human and heavenly things mix together through several of his strongly perceived and felt details. In the second part of the poem (lines 24-50) Wordsworth discusses the way memories of that particular perceiving of the nature have affected him in the time of his absence. With inspired eloquence he tells us these feelings have been his solace, his salve, means of maintaining his mental health, maybe even more than that:
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world
Is lightened: -" ("Tintern Abbey" lines 37-42)
Then, Wordsworth describes that "blessed state" as a complete physical tranquillity, almost lethargy or a dream in which only the soul is alive and in which
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3. "No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrancy of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English Poet (1772-1834)
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