The poem “Tintern Abbey” by Wordsworth is about his general philosophies of nature. He draws its imagery from the environment and what nature has to offer for instance the mountains, waterfalls and woods which give shape to his passions, interests and his love. Basically, the subject of the poem is specifically of his childhood memories of his interactions with the beauty of nature and how that interaction has influenced his thoughts about life in adulthood even when access to that pure communion has been lost.
In the poem, Wordsworth describes three gifts that that nature has given him. These include; tranquil restoration, abundant recompenses and elevated thoughts. The gift of tranquil restoration, has he describes, has accorded him sublimity which is a divine creativity or inspiration, has relieved him of a big burden, his doubts about God, religion and the meaning of life. This gift has helped him to allow nature to become “The anchor of my purest thoughts, the nurse, the guide, the guardian of my heart and soul of my entire moral being (108). In addition, this gift restores his lost passion for nature for he can now look at nature not as in his childhood days, but in another perspective that it gives life to humanity.
The other gift that Wordsworth describes is the gift of abundant recompenses. Through this gift, has he puts, has taught him to appreciate nature together with what it has to offer. He is now able to appreciate what he could not appreciate during his childhood about nature. Age has compensated for the loss of thoughtless passion by giving him a sense of sublimity of nature. This means that nature has enabled him to learn a lot and to acquire knowledge about life. He still loves nature, the mountains, pastures and woods for they have transformed his heart, soul and morals.
Finally, Wordsworth elevated thoughts as the other gift that nature has accorded him. Through nature, his thoughts have been improved and transformed. The emptiness in his mind has been filled with knowledge as perceived through his senses. He is able to think much better than he did when he was a child.
In conclusion, Wordsworth belief in the above gifts can be said to challenge the age of reason in that when one is born, the mind is empty and it is not until he or she gets to interact with the environment that it gets filled with knowledge about life. For one to achieve this there is need to appreciate nature and what it has to offer.