What is Wordworth's approach to the nature in "Tintern Abbey"?

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William Wordsworth was a renowned English Romantic poet. This being said, his work reflected the characteristics typical of the English Romantic Period.

The characteristics of the Romantic Period were as follows:

1. Imagination was highly prized. Given that the previous period, the Age of Reason, looked down upon the imagination (by instead raising up the importance of factual and influential texts), the Romantics embraced imagination. According to the Romantics, the imagination was the ultimate tool used to shape creative power.

2. Nature was also highly respected. The use of nature mirrored the religious imagery used in prior periods. Natural elements, given they were born of the divine, suggested that nature existed as an element of divine nature.

3. Symbolism was used in much of the Romantic period given the symbol showed both imagination and the fact that nature could communicate.

In Wordworth's "Tintern Abbey", one can see how nature heavily impacted him. Wordsworth states that he is standing above the abbey looking down upon the natural elements which pulled him to the spot. Wordsworth admits in the poem that he is a "worshiper of Nature." The capitalization of nature shows an even deeper meaning than one may first discern: nature is personified- Wordsworth is giving nature the power a human typically possesses. This deepens the understanding of his love of the element.

Wordsworth recognizes the fact of the power of nature given that he knows nature will forever be able to remind him of who he once was.

For Wordsworth, nature was the most powerful thing on earth.

 

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