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The attitudes which Wordsworth and Shelley express towards Nature in Mont Blanc and Tintern Abbey are both ones of admiration and appreciation at natures power beauty and majesty But they have very different descriptions and views of nature and how mankind should treat it and react to it According to Shelley nature is both resplendent and deadly a dynamic force that cannot be tamed by man While appreciating natures aesthetic majesty Shelley warns man not to equate beauty with tranquility In Tintern Abbey rather than placing man and nature in opposition Wordsworth views them as complementary elements of a whole recognizing man as a part of nature Tintern Abbey and Mont Blanc both view nature as a sublime and majestic thing It is deeply respected by both Wordsworth and Shelley yet in different ways Both poems describe a particular natural scene In Tintern Abbey Wordsworth describes a green pastoral landscape where in Mont Blanc Shelley describes the icy glacial capped peaks of the Swiss Alps Both poets seem to hold a great appreciation and respect for nature and the things that they are surrounded by but each view nature in a different respect with regard to humanity The natural world depicted in Shelleys poem is much more untamed and cruel than in Wordsworths In Tintern Abbey Wordsworth writes about a green pastoral landscape ll158 and he claims that Nature never did betray the heart that loved her ll122-123 He shows nature to be a gentle nurturing force that teaches and soothes humanity Shelley however focuses on a dizzy ravine whose grandeur puts him in a trance not at all a comforting force but a force not to be reckoned with Each poets attitude about nature stems at least in part from his actual location at the time when he composed his poem The setting of each poem has to do a great deal with each poets opinion of the relationship of nature to the human
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