Analysis of Tinter Abbey

Analysis of Tinter Abbey

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An Analysis of Tintern Abbey and I wandered lonely as a cloud

As in “Tintern Abbey”, “I wandered lonely as a cloud” portrays William’s mind working as a mirror by reflecting what comes to it. They are both experiential poems and contain glimpses of recollections from the inner mind. In both poems he speaks of the exquisite effect in which the outside world has upon him. He concludes “Tintern Abbey” with, “And this green pastoral landscape, were to me More dear, both for themselves and for thy sake!” This ending is comparable to the ending of “I wandered lonely as a cloud” by reason of the newly found delighted enlightenment both outings seemed to have created within Wordsworth.

In 1802 on April 15th, Dorothy Wordworth composed a journal entry which included a captivating description of a memorable after-dinner walk with her brother, William. Two years later, William Wordsworth wrote the poem, “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” a poem in which he too, eloquently depicts the walk he shared with his sister. Both writers have similar accounts of their journey together. They each describe glory and magnificence of the daffodils which they encountered in an alike manner by using resembling words and images. Yet, William’s poem is inevitably distinct from Dorothy’s prose form due to the difference of his style of writing. He concentrates his ideas in order to produce a description which is much more concise than his sister’s however still contains just as much information regarding the daffodils. Also, William’s poem has a meaning whereas Dorothy’s writing is simply a recording of what she observed. He writes his reflections of the walk two years later and ends his poem by describing the occasional exultation the memory of the particular outing brings to him. Just as many of his other poems, Wordsworth ponders a moment in which he was enveloped by the beauty of nature and describes the ideas and revelations which overcame him when in such a soothed...

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