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Posted June 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM via web

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Is the pattern of organization used in Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" effective in achieving his tone?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that the overall pattern of organization that Wordsworth is presenting proves to be effective in achieving the desired tone in the poem.  It is evident that Wordsworth wants to create a tone of reflection that understands the present through the past and can catapult these recollections to help form some vision of the future.  Wordsworth's tone is indicative of the idea that "the child is the father of the man," and this is brought out in the structure of the poem.  The first part reflects on how time has passed since Wordsworth visited the location.  In his reflection of the present, Wordsworth then structures the poem to go over his past and understand what the past represented in describing the location and his interaction with it.  In the midst of discussing the impact of the landscape and his persona within it to the person he is today, thereby again linking past and present together.  After a section in which the present is discussed and then the past, Wordsworth now structures the poem to combine both together. The final two parts of the poem deal with Dorothy, and the hope that Wordsworth places in her being.  In discussing Dorothy, Wordsworth again visits the structure of being able to link past and present together, but the final part of the poem offers a prayer for Dorothy.  In doing so, Wordsworth is able to take past and present and project them into the future.  The structure of the poem becomes critical in establishing the tone of being able to revere the past in the construction of who we are and who we hope to be.

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