William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey

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Tintern Abbey, July 1995



Published in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads on 6th October 1798, the ostensible topic of “Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798” is Wordsworth's reflections on revisiting the ruins of Tintern Abbey on or about July 13th 1798 whilst he was on a walking tour with his sister Dorothy, five years after his first visit in July or August 1793. Wordsworth recounts on p. 30 of his “Fenwick Notes”, “I began it upon leaving Tintern after crossing the Wye, and concluded it just as I was entering Bristol in the evening after a ramble of four or five days. Not a line of it was altered and not any part of it was written down till I reached

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Citation: Clark, Robert. "Tintern Abbey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 December 2007; last revised 18 November 2008. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=21595, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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