William Wordsworth

Tintern Abbey

William Wordsworth creates a mystical philosophical revelation and/or feeling when viewing upon the secluded landscape of Tintern Abbey.  This poem is more thoughtful compared to the Lyrical Ballads.  It is also a more religious, autobiographical aspect of his reflections.  This experience is subjective though because the scenery is only important because it is a stimulus.  Wordsworth gives specific details of the natural and the scene has had a distinct impression on his thoughts.  His sensations, through memory, have created this response.  To Wordsworth, the sublime equals the divine, or god-like.

Wordsworth’s reflections bring about an appreciation for one’s own life.  He is a pantheist; he believes that God is not apart from everything (everything is in God=Pantheism).  He believes there is a subjective reality, but a lot is brought on by perception while nature brings him the spiritual aspect.  His social relationship affects his relationship to his experiences.

As Wordsworth grew older, his perception grew less.  A “holier love” is his growth of transcendental reality.

The Prelude is described by beauty and fear.  Fear is awesome and wonderful, but not the way we know now.  Beauty is equal to goodness and truth.  Wordsworth was developed by “beautiful and awesome” experiences.  In the beginning we don’t amount to anything; we have no worth.  Personalities develop musically within us, but it is helped by an unknown force.

Wordsworth believes that conscience is being developed by a natural childhood experience where they develop a principle understanding of life.  In line 357 of Tintern Abbey, he stole a boat which is an expression of high spirits.  As a child he lost what is needed.  He recreates these situations for the reader to come to the conclusions themselves instead of revealing it all.  Therefore we realize the complex experiences and what we need to learn from them.

Idealists believe there is more to life than the senses and that these ideals are everlasting.  Wordsworth’s peers had a very realistic-material reality.  Wordsworth is trying to instill the ideas of the past, or trying to give them an appreciation for the idealistic reality that he is aware of.


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