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Posted June 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM via web

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

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

Posted June 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Essentially, we could argue that this famous poem could be broken into the following sections. Firstly, the poet describes his feelings as he visits this famous beauty spot in England again. He describes the view and explains how it has sustained him through the five years since he has last been there. He then talks about the impact it had on him in his younger days and contrasts this with his more sober reflection on the beauties of nature that he has now. Finally, he turns to his sister, Dorothy, who, he says, is responding to the view in the way that his younger self did. Sharing this view together and the wonders of nature allows them to forge a bond that joins them together with the beauty and healing power of nature.

We can argue that the tone of this poem is elegaic and that the poem is written in awe of the view that Wordsworth is looking at. There is also a kind of mystical recognition of the relationship that we have with nature. Consider the way that Wordsworth describes death in this following quote:

Until, the breath of this corporeal frame,

And even the motion of our human blood

Almost suspended, we are laid asleep

In body, and become a living soul...

Structurally therefore we could argue that the kind of meditative tone of the poem is supported by the way that there are distinct sections which allow Wordsworth to describe what is before him, describe how this view impacted him in his "younger" days and then compare that to his more mature self before finally going on to explore how this view and the powers of nature will continue to impact him and those closest to him in the future. This allows the speaker the chance to ruminate and reflect upon the view before him, which lends itself very well to the meditative tone that we find. 


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