Mississippi State University
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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.
Fisher, Lindsey Bronwyn, "The second half" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 5104.