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In the last section of "Tintern Abbey," Wordsworth focuses on his sister, Dorothy. What...

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Posted February 4, 2011 at 4:01 AM via web

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In the last section of "Tintern Abbey," Wordsworth focuses on his sister, Dorothy. What does looking at Dorothy make him remember?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 4, 2011 at 5:14 AM (Answer #1)

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In this famous reflection on the delights of nature and how nature is capable of being the balm to our exhausted beings, Wordsworth focuses on his sister Dorothy, who is with him on his walk as he views the beauties of the countryside before him. Note the answer to your question that the poet gives:

My dear, dear Friend; and in thy voice I catch

The language of my former heart, and read

My former pleasures in the shooting lights

Of thy wild eyes. Oh! yet a little while

May I behold in thee what I was once...

Thus we can see that looking at his sister and her "wild eyes" makes him remember the way that he was before in his passionate youth and how he regarded nature then, which is something that he had already covered before earlier on in the poem. Regarding his sister thus helps him to recall how he was once, which emphasises how much he has changed in the interim.

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