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  1. “Tintern Abbey” p. 235

  2. 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

  3. Landscape Painting

  4. Landscaping and Gardening

  5. Tourism

  6. Romantic Aesthetics The “Beautiful” and the “Sublime” • Beautiful • Calm, soothing, pleasant, secure • Sublime • Awe-inspiring, mysterious, terrible, infinite/eternal

  7. “Tintern Abbey” The Beautiful and the Sublime

  8. What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe? • “Beautiful” features • Line 4— “soft inland murmur” • Line 8— “quiet of the sky”

  9. 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”

  10. 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”

  11. 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”

  12. What features of the natural landscape does the speaker describe? • “Sublime” features • Line 17— “wreaths of smoke . . . among the trees”

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. How did memories of nature affect the speaker? • “Beautiful” effects • Lines 30-35—Built moral character • Inspired “acts of kindness and of love”

  16. 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”

  17. 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

  18. Who is the speaker’s companion? • Lines 114-115—Speaker addresses companion • His “dearest friend” • His younger sister, Dorothy Wordsworth

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. What is the relationship of humanity to nature? • Humanity’s perception of nature provides • Comfort • Moral guidance • Spiritual insight