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“Tintern Abbey”. p. 235. Nature Poetry of Romantic Period. Treats rustic/natural subject matter with high seriousness Antithetical to Enlightenment emphasis on human civilization Rooted in 17 th and 18 th century art, landscaping, and tourism. Landscape Painting. Landscaping and Gardening.

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Tintern abbey

“Tintern Abbey”

p. 235


Nature poetry of romantic period

Nature Poetry of Romantic Period

  • Treats rustic/natural subject matter with high seriousness

  • Antithetical to Enlightenment emphasis on human civilization

  • Rooted in 17th and 18th century art, landscaping, and tourism


Landscape painting

Landscape Painting


Landscaping and gardening

Landscaping and Gardening


Tourism

Tourism


Romantic aesthetics

Romantic Aesthetics

The “Beautiful” and the “Sublime”

  • Beautiful

    • Calm, soothing, pleasant, secure

  • Sublime

    • Awe-inspiring, mysterious, terrible, infinite/eternal


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“Tintern Abbey”

The Beautiful and the Sublime


What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe

What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe?

  • “Beautiful” features

    • Line 4— “soft inland murmur”

    • Line 8— “quiet of the sky”


What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe1

What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe?

  • “Beautiful” features

    • Lines 10-14— speaker “reposes” in an orchard on “cottage plots”

    • Line 16— “pastoralfarms”


What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe2

What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe?

  • “Sublime” features

    • Line 3—“rolling from their mountain springs”

    • Lines 5-8— “steep and lofty cliffs” of the “wild secluded scene”


What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe3

What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe?

  • “Sublime” features

    • Line 14— orchard trees “lose themselves ’Mid groves and copses”

    • Line 16— hedgerows are “sportive” and “run wild”


What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe4

What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe?

  • “Sublime” features

    • Line 17— “wreaths of smoke . . . among the trees”


Who is the speaker of the poem

Who is the speaker of the poem?

  • Persona who narrates the poem

  • Wordsworth himself

  • Meditates on personal experience as tourist

  • Examines emotional impact of memories of Tintern Abbey


How did memories of nature affect the speaker

How did memories of nature affect the speaker?

  • “Beautiful” effects

    • Lines 22-30—Provided emotional comfort and tranquility

    • Antidote to the “din” of urban settings


How did memories of nature affect the speaker1

How did memories of nature affect the speaker?

  • “Beautiful” effects

    • Lines 30-35—Built moral character

    • Inspired “acts of kindness and of love”


How did memories of nature affect the speaker2

How did memories of nature affect the speaker?

  • “Sublime” effects

    • Lines 35-45—Gave insight into spiritual meaning of life

    • We “become a living soul” and “see into the life of things”


What is the speaker s transformation

What is the speaker’s transformation?

  • Lines 58-93—Speaker traces transformation

    • “Boyish days”—thoughtless enjoyment of nature

    • Maturity—recognizes nature’s moral and spiritual power


Who is the speaker s companion

Who is the speaker’s companion?

  • Lines 114-115—Speaker addresses companion

    • His “dearest friend”

    • His younger sister, Dorothy Wordsworth


What does the speaker see in his companion s response to nature

What does the speaker see in his companion’s response to nature?

  • Lines 116-121—Speaker analyzes companion’s response

    • Image of his former youthful self

    • Future repetition of his relationship to nature


What does the speaker see in his companion s response to nature1

What does the speaker see in his companion’s response to nature?

  • Lines 121-conclusion—Speaker predicts companion’s future relationship to nature

    • Memories of nature will sustain her in times of trouble


What is the relationship of humanity to nature

What is the relationship of humanity to nature?

  • Humanity’s perception of nature provides

    • Comfort

    • Moral guidance

    • Spiritual insight


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