Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey

In Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey Wordsworth describes a “tranquil restoration” of a pure and happy mind state. This pure and happy state of mind arises when the narrator re-visits a location in nature that he spent time in as a child.  When he returned he felt unified with nature even though he hadn’t been there since he was a child.  He describes this connection as something beyond the obvious relaxation of being on a short vacation. He expressed his connection when he stated “ And I have felt A presence that disturbs me with the joy Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime Of something far more deeply infused…the guardian of my heart, and soul Of all my moral being”. He truly feels that there is an over arching oneness between nature and humanity.  He explains that his relationship with nature will never be the same as it was five years ago. However, he can now consciously understand the powers behind the beauty of nature that he did not recognize as a child.  One thing I asked myself after reading this was whether the narrator would feel this connection with nature had he not been introduced as a child. This made me think of how children over time have began spending less time outside.  I did a little bit of research and it is said that lack of nature in children’s lives has a noticeable affect.  Some noticeable affect includes anxiety, depression, adhd, and obesity. Attached is a youtube video that illustrates this affect. 


Steve Jones said...

I really like the video you found. Free Range Kids! I suspect the poem's layered vagueness misled you a bit about how old WW was when he wrote and when he revisited the Wye valley, and when he visited 5 year before that. It was more like age 28 and 23. He does, however, also allude to when he was a child in the poem. So it's actually referring to at least 3 layers of experience. Anyway--this is good!