Describe how Tintern Abbey reflects characteristics of romanticism.

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Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" is Romantic in the way it links nature to holiness and moral goodness. Being in nature elevates the poet. For instance, Wordsworth calls the woods and meadows that he sees around Tintern Abbey:

The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse

The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul

Of all my moral being

In his long autobiographical poem "The Prelude," Wordsworth discusses feeling that poetry is a holy calling, and often invokes Milton as a mentor. After his disillusion and depression at the way the French Revolution turned into a bloodbath, Wordsworth returned to the Lake District. There, he came to believe he could make a difference by writing poems that revealed God's presence in nature as well as the goodness of the simple life. In Tintern Abbey, he dwells on the way seemingly small things, such as kind acts or the pleasure derived from being in nature, can have a deep influence ("no trivial influence") on our souls. As he writes:

feelings too
Of unremembered...

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