Political landscape in tintern abbey
This evidently calls into question several key arguments put forward by historicists McGann, Johnston, and Levinson, the last claiming notably that the absence of the Abbey in the poem looks "uncomfortably like a suppression.
Thus the third problem in the critical literature on the poem is the uncertainty and confusion over Wordsworth's location and what natural and human figures it encompassed.
I felt that ruins, rightly, should be metabolising back into the natural landscape. Gautam, There are some downstream of Tintern but the titling says "above".
Wordsworth philosophy in tintern abbey
How far Wordsworth acknowledged the scenes of poverty and industrial activities in the Wye valley as he made his tour with Dorothy in July , and whether such scenes lie behind the poem that he wrote on July 13th, the last day of his tour, has been the point of discussion among the scholars. I love old ruins, but my experience of them in Ireland is of ivy-covered walls surrounded by all kinds of weeds, headstones lying askew with barely readable script. He describes the view: "The new weir, and adjoining waterfall, with the surrounding rich and healthy hills afford from this spot a combination of objects, that deservedly rank among the first views on the river, or perhaps in this country. It may be noted that in the order of his phrases he recreates the process of observation: conventional, or schematic expection would first look for hedgerows and find them; yet, a second glance—" hardly hedgerows"—would show the hedges in fact to be running wild. The pilgrim Chaucer's praise betrays his simple mindedness but the Chaucer the poet is anything but simple minded. The narrator turns out to be the principal agent of Chaucerian irony: his failure to see what is wrong emphasizes the wrong. But from line eleven, we see something hidden in that sublime presentation of nature. In fact, McFarland argues, the sportive lines are purely imaginative, an instance of the "flow" or reverie that he finds everywhere in the opening of this poem and that dissolves the boundary between fact and fiction. And along the right bank of the river near the cataract can still be found numerous sycamore trees. He had previously visited the area as a troubled twenty-three-year-old in August Here, as at other locations along the Wye, including within half a mile of Tintern Abbey itself, iron smelting was carried out: On the right side of the river, the bank forms a woody amphitheatre, following the course of the stream round the promontory. The first notably "steep and lofty cliffs" occur at Symonds Yat, where a high ridge of irregular cliffs overlooks the left bank of the river from between trees. But his second characterization of the landscape that haunted him fits the New-Weir more precisely. Gilpin, once again, provides additional support.
The poem, it must be recalled, is referred to as "Tintern Abbey" only by a courtesy. His situation, low in the scene, under a tree with cliffs rising above him, accords with the rule for picturesque viewpoints.
The general meaning of the poem relates to his having lost the inspiration nature provided him in childhood. I had come not to see Tintern Abbey but to savour it.
For him, Wordsworth had every political movement in his mind when he wrote the poem.
Attention to this dimension of the poem has perhaps been preempted by the historicist accounts of the poem.
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