Paradoxes in Wordsworth’s Tintern Abbey: Sense, Nature, Reality


  • Xiaoxin Zeng



Wordsworth; Tintern Abbey; Nature; Reality; Feeling.


There are always arguments about the unadorned language and the nature in Wordsworth’s poems. Some consider it as a sentimental approach to escape from the reality, while others are on the contrary. This article is going to check how the language was used, and in what aspect Wordsworth chose to depict the nature to find relationship between human and nature, as well as the society. By examining the paradoxes in the poetry, the article will explore how Wordsworth made innovation at his time, which added a new angle to perceive the world.


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How to Cite

Zeng, X. (2022). Paradoxes in Wordsworth’s Tintern Abbey: Sense, Nature, Reality. BCP Social Sciences & Humanities, 20, 287-292.