Comment on the significance of memory in Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey.

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William Wordsworth's "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" are, in fact, primarily about memory, and specifically about the transcendent spots in time that are the centre of Wordsworth's poetry. The visit is actually a revisit to a site that was once significant in Wordsworth's life, and a meditation of how he has changed and how as an older person he can recapture the innocent joy of youth. Part of the solution to these issues lies in memory, or in the emotion recollected in tranquility of which the poem itself is an example.

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