Sublime in Tintern Abbey

William Wordsworth starts this selection with clear cut images of the sublime, “Do i behold these steep and lofty cliffs, which on a wild secluded scene impress thoughts of ore deep seclusion” Words such as seclusion, steep, and wild paint a picture of danger in the mid of the reader, but in that danger there is beauty. Wordsworth says it has an impact and serves to “impress” a certain feeling of mystery and beauty. The realization that something in nature, never touched by mankind can move people to have feelings such as these further conveys a message of sublime and picturesque. The awe with which this scene was looked upon by the writer caused him to portray this nature in a sublime way.

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One thought on “Sublime in Tintern Abbey

  1. You’ve definitely identified the contours of the sublime in “Tintern Abbey,” though in a general sense. How might the sublime relate to the poem’s occasion or purpose? In other words, since the poem is about the mature Wordsworth remembering his youthful experience of the abbey and its scene, and about wishing the same wisdom will arrive for his sister, how does the sublime play into that?

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