It is no shock that William Wordsworth seemed to be a tree hugger or nature-lover when nature is the predominant motif in almost all of his works. Tintern Abbey is a fine example of Wordsworth’s expression of nature. In this work especially, he focuses on the importance and benefits of the natural world.
In the poem itself, nature helps the observer to develop an intellectual, spiritual, and emotional response. For example the narrator of the poem has a sublime experience when he visits Tintern Abbey after many years of absence. His imagination transports him into his youth. There he finds mostly joy but also some sadness. His sadness is generated from his isolation from the world. Wordsworth use of language implies seclusion through words like copses ( a thicket of small trees), hedge rows, and a Hermit.
Wordsworth skillfully uses memory as a symbol for a way of escaping the troubles of this life for example loneliness. As the speaker in Tintern Abbey observes his surroundings and feels lonely, he remembers his childhood and the joy that he had as a way of escape from reality. Often I find myself mimicking the speaker and his sublime experience. When I am lonely, or homesick, I remember my past. The good and the bad memories. I look through old pictures or my yearbooks. Any of these sublime experiences help to remove myself from reality.
The speaker describes the nature around him as tranquil in contrast to his busy city life. He views city life as a burden with its crowds and busy schedule. This concept is easy to relate to coming from a rural country into southern California. When I visit any rural area my imagination transports me back to my home in Papua New Guinea. Wordsworth uses this idea to say that the troubles of humanity cannot corrupt the joy and tranquility of nature.
Though the narrator’s predominant focus is on nature and the past, he also speaks of the future. His recollection of his childhood memories is bittersweet because he wishes he could go back to the past and enjoy the isolation and tranquility of rural life, but he is looking forward to making new memories and enjoying nature in the future.
Wordsworth uses a reoccurring theme of solitude and isolation in several works including the poem She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways. The poem speaks of a woman named Lucy that lives a solitary life away from the city. She lives by springs with flowers around mossy stones away from any civilization. She is described as so beautiful that she stands out from the rest but hidden from people so nobody knew when she passed away.
William Wordsworth uses nature and isolation as escapisms from reality. He worships nature because of its tranquility and solitude. He is easy to relate to because all humans want to feel some sort of tranquility and peace from the business of daily life.