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      William Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey


      As students, we are taught that William Wordsworth's basic tenets of

      poetry are succinct: the use of common language as a medium, common man as

      a subject, and organic form as an inherent style. Yet beyond these

      rudimentary teachings, it should be considered that it was the intimacy

      with nature that was imperative to the realization of Wordsworth's goals

      set forth in the "Preface" to Lyrical Ballads. In his "Preface,"

      Wordsworth states, "Poetry is the image of man and nature" (Norton 247). A

      study of "Tintern Abbey," the intended finale and last impression of the

      Lyrical Ballads, reveals Wordsworth's conviction that the role of nature

      is the force and connection that binds mankind not only to the past and

      the future, but to other human beings as well. Regardless of the language

      employed, the subject used, or the method of delivery, it was the primal

      connection with nature that fueled Wordsworth's poetic genius.


      Wordsworth begins the journey into "Tintern Abbey" by taking the reader

      from the height of a mountain stream down into the valley where the poet

      sits under a sycamore...

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      together even after his death.


      Over two hundred years after it was written, "Tintern Abbey" continues to

      uphold the essence of William Wordsworth's beliefs and continues to touch

      the emotions of its readers. Even though, here in the twenty-first

      century, the term real-world has a connotation of life in the fast-lane,

      the real world - the natural world - of Wordsworth's time still holds a

      place of eminence both in literature and in the hearts of its readers.

      Certainly, Wordsworth would be pleased to see how very far into the future

      his vision has endured.

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