A Close Reading of Tintern Abbey

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In three full pages, provide a close reading of four to five lines from Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tinturn Abbey by Wordsworth that demonstrates an exploration of one of the following themes:

  1. Revolution
  2. What it means to be an American
  3. The significance of Nature in Romanticism
  4. Faith
  5. Naturalism
  6. The emergence of the importance of the Individual

Make a clearly argumentative claim about the passage you have chosen; this claim will be your thesis. Back up your claim with analysis of details of the passage and at least one comparison between the British and American view of the theme associated with your passage.

Include textual evidence from the selected work to support your rationale. The close
reading should provide clear discussion of how the literary elements (imagery, narrative voice, metaphor/simile, symbol, etc.) address the theme, and then clear analysis of the passage’s significance. Provide an effective introduction that introduces the literary work and its author, as well as a clear thesis that is fully supported by the rest of your paper.

This paper is not a research paper and should not rely on outside sources.

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A Close Reading of “Tintern Abbey”




A Close Reading of “Tintern Abbey”
In “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey On Revisiting the Banks of the
Wye during a Tour. July 13, 1798,” Wordsworth reminisces fondly over a special place he had
visited which changed his life and expresses the desire to go back. The poem, like a majority of
Wordsworth’s work, is a perfect example of poetic naturalism which has earned him the title of a
nature poet. His description of the special place and the effect it had on him, for instance, depicts
nature’s interconnection with humanity, in effect, advancing the theme of naturalism. Although
the theme is seen throughout the poem, a few lines in the second last verse demonstrate
Wordsworth’s clever use of literary elements to demonstrate the interconnectedness of humanity
and nature.
In the second last verse of “Tintern Abbey,” the speaker in the poem reveals the impact
the special place had in his life in the lines:
“What then I was. The sounding cataract
Haunted me like a passion: the tall rock,
The mountain, and the deep and gloomy wood,
Their colours and their forms, were then to me
An appetite; a feeling and a love” (Wordsworth, 1907).

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