Tuesday, 13 July 2010

On this day...

William Wordsworth visited Tintern Abbey in 1798, inspiring him to write the eponymous poem. Wordsworth was on a four day walking tour in the Wye with his sister Dorothy, when he stumbled upon the ruins of the Tintern. Abandoned in 1536, the Cistercian Abbey sits in the southern Welsh county of Monmouthshire, yet 'not any part of it was written down till I reached Bristol', and the scripts were sent to the printer the day afterwards.

The poem was to become the final entry in Wordsworth's 'Lyrical Ballads', and was the only one of the collection which was he did not later revise, perhaps showing the purity of his writing as he composed the work. Wordsworth, as fits his usual style, fills the 'impassioned music of the versification' with references to nature and religion.

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