Write a brief critical evaluation (analysis) of "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" by Wordsworth.

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" is free verse, which has no rhyme, in iambic pentameter (i.e., unstressed - stressed ^/ for five feet), which is in keeping with Wordsworth's theory that poetry should be composed in the diction of daily conversation: Iambs approximate English conversation because of the untressed - stressed nature of English words, a condition not true of all languages. In the iambic scheme Wordsworth interjects spondees at the beginning of some lines (e.g., lines 98-99; 105-107; 111-112) to underscore the emphasized thought of the line (e.g., "Of all my moral being ..."; "If I were not thus taught ..").

The overall structure of the poem continually opposes one thing or concept to another, for instance, the burden of wordly care opposed to the "serene and blessed mood" (lines 39-55; 42) or the fortifying power of nature opposed to negative influences of humankind (lines 121-135). The central and principle opposition is that of the relationship between "the mind of man," humankind's perceptual faculty, and nature at large, creating an ideology that describes perception as active instead of passive and creative instead of receptive. Wordsworth embeds these oppositions in a narrative that explores his own perceptions of the area surrounding Tintern Abbey from the vantage point of his childhood, his adulthood and from five years after his adult perception.

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This Poem is basically about a tension about the romantic feelings of wordsworth. the tension in the poem is between sensuous pleasure and intellectual pleasure

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