Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Pierce, Catherine

Committee Member

Kardos, Michael

Committee Member

Hagenston, Becky

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Arts


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of English


In Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey" and Coleridge's "Frost at Midnight", internal restoration becomes achievable via the natural settings. In both poems, the narrators move through a three-step process to achieve this internal restoration: First, they begin with the act of acknowledging, like a mental note taking where the narrator lists and absorbs the various elements of the scene. Next, those elements are converted to memories where the narrator can tap into the preserved moments of pleasure while trapped in the city. Finally, the narrator shares their place of natural comfort with someone else to expand this preservation within a shared experience. Each of these three aspects allows for the mental preservation of a natural place to occur and bring about future moments of internal restoration. This critical introduction will be followed by an original collection of poems that is also in its own way dealing with the restorative powers of nature.