Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798
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Five years have past; five summers, with the length
Of five long winters! (1-2)
The first lines describe how long it's been since the speaker's first visit to the river Wye, but they also suggest, through the repetition and emphasis on how long those years felt, that those years were not spent pleasantly. We learn later in the poem that at least some of that time was spent in the city, far from the river Wye, and far from natural beauty of any kind.
These beauteous forms,
Through a long absence, have not been to me
As is a landscape to a blind man's eye (22-24)
Even in the middle of the noisy city, the "beauteous forms" of the Wye river valley were present in the mind's eye of the speaker.
But oft, in lonely rooms, and 'mid the din
Of towns and cities (24-25)
The city feels "lonely" to the speaker, even though there are more people than in the country. He also emphasizes the distracting "din," or noise of the city.