“Tintern are similar in some ways. Both poets


“Tintern Abbey” by William Wordsworth and “This
Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge are similar in some
ways. Both poets used nature as a substitute to satisfy their individual emotional
needs and both constructed their poems in similar styles. In Wordsworth’s “Tintern
Abbey”, his use of nature was to help himself with the loss of his childhood
innocence. In the poem Wordsworth talks about how in his youth, he was
thoughtless in his harmony with the nature around him, however now he is not
thoughtless but aware of everything the scenery has to offer him. He also
mentions how the presence of his sister gives him an image of what he was
probably like as a child. In Coleridge’s “This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison”, his
use of nature was for empathy with his friend. In the poem, Coleridge put
himself in his friend’s shoes to view the natural beauty he was unable to see.

He imagined himself in the company of his friends enjoying the natural beauty
that surrounded him. However, as the tone of the poem gets more vivid towards
nature, it is evident that he is frustrated and disappointed. Both poets also
use vivid descriptions to place the readers inside the poem that shows the
emotional realizations they both experienced.

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            Both poems were also a lot different
in some ways. Both poets had completely different styles in their poems. In
“Tintern Abbey”, Wordsworth spoke entirely in abstract concepts to show his
moods and thoughts whereas Coleridge in “This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison” uses
descriptive details to define his emotions. In “Tintern Abbey”, the narrator deals
with aging and time. The theme of the poem is a memory, and Wordsworth
continually mentions his childhood and how things are now different than they
were five years ago. He also talks about how he is different after maturing and
how he now understands things he had not previously before. He is aware that
things are different even though the place has remained the same. In “This
Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison”, Coleridge uses empathy as his main tone throughout
the poem. The beginning of the poem is all about how bitter and frustrated the
poet was, and how he compared the lime trees to the bars of a prison. This is
mainly due to the fact that the poet was met with an accident, and was unable
to accompany his friends. The poet mostly felt damaged by not being able to
really experience all the beautiful things. As the poet starts to imagine the
natural beauties he thinks of his friend Charles who would also want to see the
beautiful sights but is unable to.