“Tintern Abbey” by William Wordsworth and “This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge are similar in some ways.
Both poets used nature as a substitute to satisfy their individual emotional needs and both had very similar methods of constructing their poems. In Wordsworth’s “Tintern Abbey”, his use of nature was to resolve himself with the loss of his childhood innocence. In the poem Wordsworth talks about how in his youth, he was thoughtless in his unity with the woods and the river, however now he is not thoughtless but accurately aware of everything the scenery has to offer him. He also mentions how the presence of his sister gives him an image of what he was probably like as a child. In Coleridge’s “This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison”, his use of nature was for empathy with his friend, and to heal the tensions that would later supply his tragic view of life. In the poem, Coleridge put himself in his friend’s shoes to view the natural beauty he was unable to see. He imagined himself in the company of his friends enjoying the natural beauty that surrounded him.
However, as the tone of the poem gets more vivid towards nature, it is evident that he is frustrated and disappointed. Both poets also use vivid descriptions to place the readers inside the poem that shows the emotional realizations they both experienced. Both poems were also a lot different in some ways. Both poets had completely different styles in their poems.
In “Tintern Abbey”, Wordsworth spoke entirely in abstract concepts to show his moods and thoughts whereas Coleridge in “This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison” uses descriptive details to define his emotions. In “Tintern Abbey”, the narrator deals with aging and time. The theme of the poem is memory, and Wordsworth continually mentions his childhood and how things are now different than they were five years ago. He also talks about how he is different after maturing and how he now understands things he had not previously before. He is aware that things are different even though the place has remained the same. In “This Lime-Tree Bower, My Prison”, Coleridge uses empathy as his main tone throughout the poem. The beginning of the poem is all about how bitter and frustrated the poet was, and how he compared the lime trees to the bars of a prison. This is mainly due to the fact that the poet was met with an accident, and was unable to accompany his friends.
The poet mostly felt damaged for not being able to really experience all the beautiful things. As the poet starts to imagine the natural beauties he thinks of his friend Charles who would also want to see the beautiful sights but is unable to.