13 July-Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey was founded by William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke in 1203. It is located on the Hook Peninsula in Co Wexford, Ireland. The Abbey was run by Cistercian monks who came from their abbey at Tintern in Monmouthshire, Wales. Tintern Abbey in Wales and in Wexford were dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII.

The poem Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth refers to Tintern Abbey in Wales. The actual title of the poem is: Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey. It was written by Wordsworth when he was on a walking tour of Wales with his sister Dorothy. Wordsworth had visited the area when he was on a walking tour of the area five years previously.

Five years have passed; five summers, with the length

Of five long winters! And again I hear

These waters, rolling from their mountain-springs

With a soft inland murmur.—Once again

Do I behold these steep and lofty cliffs,

That on a wild secluded scene impress

Thoughts of more deep seclusion; and connect

The landscape with the quiet of the sky.

William Wordsworth was born in the Lake District of England on April 7th 1770. He was writing poetry from an early age and graduated from Cambridge University in 1791. Wordsworth and his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge published Lyrical Ballads in 1798 which contained poems such ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ by Coleridge and ‘Tintern Abbey’ by Wordsworth.

Famous poems such as ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ and ‘Ode: Intimations of Immortality’ were published in a Wordsworth collection, Poems, in Two Volumes in 1807. Wordsworth was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850 at the age of 80. His autobiographical work ‘The Prelude’ was published following his death.

Tintern Abbey was composed by William Wordsworth on revisiting the banks of the River Wye in the year 1798 On This Day.

Tintern Abbey by Stewart Black on 2015-06-06 13:33:18

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