Mont Blanc by Shelley

Mont Blanc by Percy Bysshe Shelley is talking about the beauty of the Alpes, specially Mont Blanc. When analyzing this poem, the term sublime excels, since the whole poem is about the interaction of nature with the human’s mind, “To hear, an old and solemn harmony” (24), representing how nature is taking the speaker into a new world with greater things and how nature and the mind is a whole; it is both inside and outside of every person.

“Mont Blanc yet gleams on high; – the power is there / The still and solemn power, of many sights / And many sounds, and much more than of life and death.” (127-129), this quote can represent how powerful nature can be, but is it that the mountains have a meaning or is it just the humans mind perception of greatness that is created by the power of imagination?

When comparing Tinter Abbey with Mont Blanc, I can appreciate how both of them rely on the beauty of landscape and nature, as well as expressing it in a romantic style. But I could notice that while in Tinter Abbey the speaker is concerned about nature through his childhood and maturity, in Mont Blanc it is more about of perceiving the abstract as a whole and as an art.

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Nature and sensibility in “Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-tree”

In the poem “Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-ree” written by William Wordsworth, it is noticeable nature and internal working are the appropriate terms to describe the man and his own way of living; this features consist of the Romanticism  and are completely the opposite of what  Enlightenment sensibility is all about.

Nature can be seen throughout the poem in scenes like this ones, “Far from all human dwelling” (line 2) showing us readers the first point; the man is not in the city, he is just by this tree with no pressure to run anywhere else in the search of money or work or any ‘greed’. “Went forth, pure in his heart, against the taint” (line 15) is a clear representation on how economy has no place next to the Yew-tree; he is prepared for the world but in his own thoughts, ways and reflections. Finally “whose eye / is never on himself” (51-52), is the best way to explain how the man was not attached to anything else rather than its communion with nature instead of its manipulation; in other words it is a pure description of his love and way of survival within it.

The man’s way of  learning was by experience rather than by critical reflection, making his connection with nature, emotion and humanity much more powerful, rather than just an insensible and systematic way of seen things that represent the Enlightenment.