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Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798 Questions

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  1. Does Wordsworth really use "the real language of men" in "Tintern Abbey," as he claimed he would do in the "Preface to Lyrical Ballads"? Do you think people spoke differently back in 19th-century England?
  2. Is the speaker's relationship to nature something that is possible for anyone?
  3. Why does the speaker keep referring to Dorothy's "wild eyes" (119, 148)? Why are her eyes wild? Is that supposed to be a good thing?
  4. Does the consciousness of the "still, sad music of humanity" (91) have to come from a close relationship with nature, or could it be developed from another source?
  5. If the speaker returned to the banks of the Wye for a third time, do you think his impressions would change yet again?

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