Wordsworth’s and its surrounding nature for the comfort

Wordsworth’s poem “Tintern
Abbey’ indicates the extent to which the politics of France and the revolution
affected his life. This poem is a monologue, imaginatively spoken by the
speaker to himself, while occasionally addressing others like the spirit of
nature and the speaker’s sister. He discusses a loss of dreams, childhood and
innocence. The poem has a melancholic tone, the speaker searches for ‘darkness’
(Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads, ‘Tintern
Abbey’, 50) and repeatedly references loss and a tone of reminiscence. The
language of the poem is simple, rather than using ostentatious literary
devices, he is instead concerned with emotions and speaking from the heart in a
plainspoken manner. Wordsworth emphasises the importance of imagination
profusely throughout this poem, the entire poem is about the use of one’s
imagination to overcome difficulty faced in life. Despite the ‘many shapes of
joyless daylight’ and the ‘fever of the world’, he turns to his memories of the
Wye landscape and its surrounding nature for the comfort it provides him, ‘How
oft, in spirit, have I turned to thee, O Sylvan Wye!’ (Wordsworth, ‘Tintern
Abbey’ 56-57). The memory of the woods and cottages offered ‘tranquil
restoration’ (Wordsworth, ‘Tintern Abbey’) to his mind and influenced him more
than he had ever been aware of. Harold bloom emphasises the ‘nakedness’ of this
specific poem of Wordsworth’s. Arguing that is it unlike the majority of his
earlier poetry as there is no intermediary such as myths or legends between the
poet and his world: ‘the poet loves nature for its own sake alone, and the
presence of Nature gives beauty to the poet’s mind, again only for the mind’s
sake’. The limitless abilities of the brain are available to all regardless of
a person’s background or class, such a liberal opinion encourages uniqueness
and individuality. Wordsworth talks about how human beings change gradually
over time and how an individual’s perception is always altered past his youth.
He describes his return to Tintern Abbey. Going ahead he says how five years
before; his perspective was entirely different. He talks about his experiences
and where nature led him. Through most of his writings, one can see the
significant influence the political events had on him. From very high hopes and
excitement to the disappointment and the failed dreams.