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Tintern Abbey Seeing into the Life of Things What does Wordsworth see when he sees into the life of things Remember that in the lines leading up to his portrayal of the blessed mood that gives him sight Wordsworth has been pointing to the power of human memory and reflection And the importance of memory and reflection are made plain by the shifting time perspectives in the poem The poem begins with the speaker on the banks of the Wye for the first time in five years At first the poet emphasizes the way in which his present experience is similar to that of five years ago More than once he tells us that again he has certain experiences in this secluded spot a place that is evidently a refuge for him He then tells how he has though of these beauteous forms at many difficult times since he was last at this spot five years before At these moments his recollections of his time on the banks of the Wye seems to lift his spirits and restore him He then points to what might at first glance seem to be impossible unremembered pleasures How can it make sense to say that we recall unremembered pleasures If they are unremembered how can we be thinking about them This strange phrase might point to some vague pleasant experience in the past one that we cannot clearly name But it could also mean that we can now remember pleasures that previously not only unremembered but actually unnoticed The thought of an unnoticed pleasure might seem strange as well But is it so odd to think that in memory our pleasurable experiences take on new meaning and greater substance than they had at the time Pleasant experiences are often over quickly or happen in a rush We are so caught up in the experience that we cant attend to all that is happening to us Or in
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