Tintern Abbey di Wordsworth: analisi e commento

Breve commento e analisi in inglese della poesia di Wordsworth "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of Wye During a Tour" (4 pagine formato doc)

Appunto di ladycristine


Thematic route: Nature.

Key idea: Nature as a guide to moral sphere.
Extract analysed: “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey on Revisiting the Banks of Wye During a Tour. July 13, 1798”.
From the collection of poems Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth.
Introduction. Key idea and general work. The key idea Nature as a guide to moral sphere is well expressed in / effectively conveyed by / dealt with by William Wordsworth's poem Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey on Revisiting the Banks of Wye During a Tour.
July 13, 1798 published in the collection of poems Lyrical Ballads.

William Wordsworth: vita e opere in inglese


Tintern Abbey, located in the valley of the river Wye, in Wales, was founded by Cistercian monks in 1131 and destroyed at the beginning of 1500. Wordsworth visited its ruins when he was 23, and returned there 5 years later.

Summary and commentary in relation to the key idea. Written in blank verse, the poem is Wordsworth’s first major explicitly autobiographical work and the best expression of his thought, since in it he deals with the different phases of his life (childhood, youth, maturity) and gives the most complete definition of his concept of nature.

The poem begins with an evocation of the past. The various elements of the scene blend with one another, a connection which is strengthened by the effective use of enjambments. The image of greenness here is associated   with spring-time freshness, and with peace and rest.
Five years have past; five summers with the length
of five long winters! and again I hear
these waters, rolling from their mountain-springs
with a soft inland murmur. Once again
do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs.


In the second section Wordsworth considers what he has gained from the memory of his first visit to the Wye valley five years before.  His recollections have brought him tranquil restoration in hours of weariness. Significantly, this weariness is specifically associated with urban life. Anxiety and despondency are experienced when the poet is away from the soothing influence of nature. He also attributes to his remembrances of the Wye valley a benign, although unconscious, influence upon his moral growth.
Wordsworth describes a state of heightened perception in which he is aware not of the material forms of nature but of an inner life force which permeates the natural world and exists within himself as well. That influence has encouraged
“acts/of kindness and love”.
The third and most important gift is a
“serene and blessed mood”
which enables him to
“see into the life of things”.
As a young man, although Wordsworth responded passionately to the natural elements, his perception of nature appears to exclude the love of humanity. He responded with the senses to the sounds, colours and forms of landscape but the experience did not engage his intellect. The poet’s adult response to the natural world includes human as well as inanimate nature. He is now often able to hear  
The still, sad music of humanity