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Romanticism in tintern abbey

Set in the tranquil welsh countryside, the opening of the poem is dense in
naturalistic imagery impelling the reader to be transported into the magnificent
"wild, secluded scenes" and thus forcing the reader to appreciate the power and
beauty of nature just as Wordsworth himself does, an approach typical of
Romanticism. Samuel Taylor Coleridge saw poetry as "the mediatress between,
and reconciler of nature and man". This quote lends significance to the fact that
the opening stanza immediately connects nature with man, focusing on the
emotions that nature enforces and man feels, forming the connection between
the two and thus defining the poem as undoubtedly Romantic.
Wordsworth finds solace in the memory of the landscape; it provides him with
"tranquil restoration". This was particularly important for Wordsworth seeing as
he suffered from what we now call bipolar disorder and thus, emotionally, he
would have been very unstable. Nature acts as "the anchor of my purest
thoughts". It is Wordsworth's constant; unlike the world around him that is
radically changing in an industrial revolution. Nature is fixed and impervious to
changes in the physical world, much like how Wordsworth would like to be
The beauty of Tintern provides Wordsworth with access to a more spiritual state
because the place itself is "of aspect more sublime". This suggests there is an air
of mystery about the place, something humans themselves cannot physically
grab hold of or clutch; something beyond our material nature. Nature leads the
path to the soul; it instigates exploration of the self because, like nature, the self
is not something we can define or grab hold of, but it is the self where these
emotions come from. The beauty provides ephemeral access to a more spiritual
existence, brief moments of enlightenment. Because Wordsworth wants to
understand these incredible emotions, he wants to know how to transform these
brief moments of "ecstasy" into permanent bliss, he is lead to where they are
rooted; his inner self. The understanding of the self is not only one of the main
themes of this poem but also one of the key features of romantic poetry. Perhaps
the Abbey itself acts as a symbol of the soul because although the poem is about
the Abbey it is not described.
In the first stanza, Wordsworth describes an idyllic natural setting and finds
comfort and serenity there. He writes,

"The day is come when I again repose / Here, under this dark sycamore, and
view / These plots of cottage-ground, these orchard-tufts . . ." (9-11).

Romantic authors use precise detail when describing nature and associate
countryside or natural landscapes with happiness, purity, and peace.

In the second stanza, Wordsworth describes the city and his lonely room in a
negative light. Romantic authors believed that the city was a place of moral
depravity and corruption; so notice the difference in the poet's wording about the
city versus his worshipful attitude toward the natural setting.

Finally, Wordsworth seeks to find moral enlightment in nature and uses words
with religious connotations to describe elements of nature--"holier love,"
"Worshipper of nature," "guardian of my heart," "anchor of my purest thoughts
Wordsworth was the pioneer poet in the field of literary philosophy which is now
called romanticism. This poem reflects a romantic theme in two main ways. First
is that throughout the passage of the entirety of the poem, there is a stressed
view point upon imagination and remembrance, and most notably lots of
emotion involved in the poem. The second way this poem has a romantic theme
is that the poet, Wordsworth, describes/exhibits his love of nature through his
many revelations and remembering of memories. Continued, this poem shows
lots of imagination and therefore romanticism by the way Wordsworth stresses
memories. In the beginning of the poem he remembers the abbey from five
years ago and he is reliving the memories. Then he describes how he perceives
and longs for the same degree of nature in those five years since he has
returned. Later in the poem, the author rejoices in the fact that he can fuel his
imagination with new memories of this trip. In terms of the application of
emotion, and therefore romanticism, Wordsworth uses many personal adjectives
to describe nature around him. Rather than dote upon the size of the mountains
and the age rings and the disrepair of the abbey, he takes an alternative
viewpoint and uses emotions to show his joy for these things. The author is
happy and it shows in the poem, this shows the romantic theme. The romantic
theme of the poem also applies in a more simplistic manner in the way that the
author longs for and enjoys everything about nature around him. As was noted in
the previous sentence, the surrounding area makes him happy. In the poem
Wordsworth says, he still loves nature, still loves mountains and pastures and
woods, for they anchor his purest thoughts and guard the heart and soul of his
"moral being.