Wordsworth’s poem Lines Written A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey demonstrates all of the romantic aesthetic ideas but it especially the picturesque. Beginning with the title which I found to be very interesting because the Tintern Abbey is not the subject of the poem. Wordsworth includes the name because he may want to infer the importance of the poem through the mentioning of Tintern Abbey. Today, one might call this “name dropping.” Additionally, because of the historical context introduced with the mention of Tintern Abbey, Wordsworth could want the name mentioning to represent time or time passing.
The first few lines are vital to bringing out the picturesque ideal in the poem. “Five years have passed; five summers, with the length of five long winter,” gives the essence that the poet is returning to something or someone in their past that they were particularly fond of. Towards the end of the poem, the idea of temporality is displayed when Wordsworth writes, ” Nor wilt thou then forget / That after many wanderings, many years/ Of absence, these steep woods and lofty cliffs, (…) were to me / More dear.” His mentioning of nature is extremely indicative especially when it is combined with the theme of temporality.