Nature Through the Eyes of the Poet

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"Ode: Intimations of Immortality" and "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" are two of many poems written by William Wordsworth. Each of these poems are significant in that they both share a common thematic element. The element that is present in these poems deals with nature and how nature is significant to Wordsworth's life as well as our own. He stresses this theme throughout these poems, so that the reader can grasp why nature is held in such a high caliber. In addition to nature, Wordsworth also emphasizes the importance of memory and how it solidifies nature's effect. Memory can also be seen as a thematic element in both poems.

        "Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" is a poem that emphasizes Wordsworth's true beliefs of nature. Before Wordsworth can talk about nature, he brings about the importance of memory.

In the beginning of this poem, Wordsworth is brought back to a place where he hadn't visited for five years and he emphasizes that nothing had changed. "Five years have passed; five summers, with the length of five long winters! and again I hear these waters, rolling from their mountain-springs with a sweet inland murmur." (Margoliouth 200) In this passage Wordsworth emphasizes that five years had passed, and that nothing had changed during those five years. This is seen when Wordsworth repeats the word 'again', 'again' he saw the landscape as it was or 'again' he saw the waters rolling down the mountain. When Wordsworth revisited Tintern Abbey, he was in a way forced to re-experience all the beauty of this place. Memory is significant to Wordsworth because it aided him to retain the feelings he felt when he...