The Loss Of Memories In Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey

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To continue, Tintern Abbey is not so much about the landscape of the wye valley. It is about the landscape of Wordsworth memory. The landscape is natural and humanious (Furr 257). Wordsworth arms himself against emotions of fear and abandonment. This outlined in the poem “Lyrical Ballads”, by not only creating a “myth of memory” but, by the necessary need for a familiar community (Thomson). In the poem “Tintern Abbey” the author expresses “Tintern Abbey” is Wordsworth’s experiment to consider how he himself copes with the loss of innocence and with the disappointment of the insufficiency of any “recompense” (Thomson). Wordsworth goes through a terrible loss and tries to use “Tintern Abbey” as a way of coping with the pain.
Asides from nature bringing the speaker in the poem pain it also brought him joy. In the poem it cites that he feels a presence of joy of elevation (wordsworth 37). It also admits, “In body, arid become a living soul:/ While with an eye made quiet by the power/ Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,/ We see into the life of things” (Wordsworth 35,6). This proves that nature was did not only bring the bad memories but it also made the speaker felt some happiness during this time. “A strident lover of nature might think it a shame that he has to “settle” for his imitation, but Wordsworth makes a point of mentioning that he gets more from his version than he ever derived from the physical one:...” (Kelly 259) Nature gives life to him than a physical being.
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