Briefly describe the poem "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" by William Wordsworth.

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This poem describes the poet's return to Tintern Abbey, an old, ruined monastery in England. He was struck then and now by the stillness and calmness of the scene, including its orchards, hedge-rows, and "pastoral farms." He has spent the five years since last viewing Tintern Abbey in a city, and during this time the serene images of the place have returned to his mind's eye, putting him in a state of reverie in which the "heavy and the weary weight of all this unintelligible world/Is lightened." Now, having been away, he recognizes that he viewed the countryside differently than when he first saw it. It goes well beyond simple enjoyment of nature's beauty, to a "sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused," a divine presence that moves him. His recognition of this turns his thoughts inward, an example of the power of nature to spark self-reflection. The final part of the poem is his hope that his sister, who is with him at Tintern Abbey, might experience the same sensation he does.


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