Wordsworths Tintern Abbey

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The English poetry definitely started to show a predilection for romanticism in the last half of the 18th century. The writings of Thomson in 1826 certainly signify this marked shift in the realm of English poetry. With the passage of time, this trait managed to gain immense strength as is evident in the works of Gray, Cowper, Chatterton, Burns, Collins and Percy (Long 1999).


Initially this collection of poems was slow to attract public interest, primarily owing to the fact that Wordsworth's perception of nature was so fresh and novel in its approach that it took the readers some time to get used to it. Also the readers were really confused by the startling simplicity of these poems. Moreover the masses still owed a strong allegiance to the classical school, to be open to this new way of perceiving and interpreting the wonders of nature. 'Tintern Abbey' that appeared in the Lyrical Ballads in 1798 definitely qualifies to be a Wordsworth's masterpiece. In the poem under consideration, Wordsworth not only reveals a thorough grip over his art, but a gentle mellowing down of his poetic sensibilities. Simply speaking, the poem represents the interaction between the poet and nature. However, the dynamics of this communication between the man and the nature is not so easier to grasp without having some insight into the ethos of Romanticism and the Wordsworth's personal concept of nature.
Romanticism is a broad and comprehensive term that marks the sum total of a whole range of changes that appeared in the European art and literature in the late 18th century (Ousby 1994). ...
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