What does Wordsworth want to communicate in "Lines Composed a few Miles Above Tintern Abbey; on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour"?What is the meaning of this poem?
Wordsworth is communicating to the reader that the natural environment, specifically here the banks of the river Wye, give him as much joy, inspiration and energy as they have previously. As a Romantic poet, Wordsworth was part of a pantheistic tradition of writers who saw God in nature and worshipped its forms. Wordsworth tells us that his memory of this place has not dulled despite the time which has passed since his last visit:
Though absent long,
These forms of beauty have not been to me,
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye:
He describes the healing nature of the landscape as if it is a balm for his soul-
He goes on to say that the perpetual temperament of the natural environment gives him a security and direction. It is the enduring power of nature which sustains him.
For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse,
The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul
Of all my moral being.