Tintern Abbey

In his painting Tintern Abbey from across the Wye, Edward Dayes  aesthetically captures the philosophy of the picturesque. From the over-growned ruins of the abbey to the rugged, un-uniformed landscape, Dayes encapsulates the element of imperfect beauty required for the picturesque. The picturesque scene reaches “beyond the power of thought” and “survey” to reflect the pleasurable impression the scene inspires as a whole (Gilpin 50).  

Wordsworth expresses the emotional connection he derives from the view of Tintern Abbey in his poem “Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey.”Wordsworth expresses that the beauty and pleasure in the picturesque scene is found in the untamed grasp of nature. He repeatedly describes the scene of Tintern abbey as “wild”. The aesthetic “wild” he depicts contrasts against the wild, wearisome “din of towns and cities”  (Wordsworth 27). The wild of Tintern Abbey is powerful yet tranquil. It reflects the peaceful role of authority nature has taken on the scene due to humanity’s by-in-large departure. Hi reflections issue a thread of a plea to humanity to return from “the fever of the world” to the “serene and blessed mood” of nature’s untamed joys. 


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