In the following lines from Tintern Abby's William wordswoth,1-what romantic elements do the line stress?make illustrations from the Romantic'stheoryof poetry. 2-Paraphrase the lines....

In the following lines from Tintern Abby's William wordswoth,1-what romantic elements do the line stress?make illustrations from the Romantic'stheory

of poetry. 2-Paraphrase the lines.

Of kindness and of love. Nor less, I trust
To them I may have owed another gift,
Of aspect more sublime; that blessed mood,
In which the burden of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened: —  that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on, —
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:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first line in the passage you quote from Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" ("...Of kindness and of love....") is the last line of the previous line of thought in the poem.  This first line concludes the idea that the speaker's reflections on the natural scene in this setting--the first time he was there five years ago--inspired in him acts of kindness and of love.  This in itself is romantic.  Romantic poets like Wordsworth  believed in communing with nature, connecting intuitively with nature, learning from nature.  Connecting with that which is beyond human understanding (the transcendent)  through intuition and imagination was central to Romanticism. 

The rest of the passage takes this idea a step further.  Wordsworth is speaking of the sublime, an experience with nature that is transforming, awe inspiring. This experience creates in him a mood in which his mere human body becomes a living soul.  He is transformed by his connection with awe-inspiring nature, until he can see into the life of things. 

This is, indeed, a poem featuring important elements of what we today call Romanticism. 

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The overall presence of individual subjectivity seems to be a very dominant theme of both the excerpt and the Romantic movement, in general.  The idea of seeing "into the life of things" is a very subjective experience.  In this setting, individuals are able to examine reality through the lens of personal understanding.  This can be seen in ideas such as "Nor less I trust/ To them I may have owed another gift."  Such a sentiment locates the seat of all understanding through personalized and subjective experience.  In this light, one can see that reality and the nature of understanding is a personalized one, filled with emotions and sensations that are highly subjective.