What are the thoughts that arise in the poet's mind as he enjoys the natural beauty of Tintern Abbey ?its a long answer type question for about 25 marks so if the answer could be big,meaning an...

What are the thoughts that arise in the poet's mind as he enjoys the natural beauty of Tintern Abbey ?

its a long answer type question for about 25 marks so if the answer could be big,meaning an elaborate one it would help a lot....

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that the answer to such a poem and a reflection of it will have to be personally based off of one's interaction with the text.  My guess is that some start can be given here.  One of the most pressing elements in the speaker's mind is the idea that Tintern Abbey represents both place and state of being in the world.  Wordsworth's sensation and his own understanding of Tintern Abbey is one where time seems to be reconfigured.  The poem opens with him standing in a location that was visited five years ago and through the "mind's eye," he is able to redesign past and present into one moment.  It is the subjective sensation that allows him to do this and these thoughts seem to dominate throughout the poem.  Wordsworth's idea of being able to refer to Tintern Abbey as more than a place but actually a state of being in the world helps to enhance this notion, an idea that something in the present can operate as a place of reference in the future.  Tintern Abbey represents the purity of the individual experience, one where the pace of the modern day cannot take away from its subjective recognitions.

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abhi123shekabhi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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the poem is a statement of wordsworth's attitude to nature and its development from his boyhood days to years of maturity.

wordsworth composed this poem a few miles above tintern abbey on july 1798. it was his second visit to the bank of the river wye after a gap of 5 years since his first visit.

the scenes and sounds were the same as he had experienced at the time of his first visit. he could recognize everything. he could here the sof mormur of the wye flowing throw the vally . in the dinstance there were lofty mountains which appeared to meet the sky. this added a sence of remotness of the place. he sat down to relax under the dark shady skymore tree and looked at cottage ground and orcheds. the fruit on the trees were yet unripe and green and was hardly ditinguishable from the ground. the hedges did not look like hedges . they had spread in all direction . he could see coulomb of smoke rising from among the trees . he could guess that there was either a camp of gypsies or a hermit in his cave. the long absence of five years had not erased the memory of this beautiful scene of nature but had a permanant source of relief and delight to him during the fevrish activity and noise and bustle in the city. ithey stimulated him to do acts of love and kindness.the poet was indebted to them for this sublime gift . in hours of dejection and agony he recalled the beauty of this beautiful scene of nature and was refreshed again.

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