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date: 31 May 2020

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In 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey', Wordsworth expressed thanks for the 'abundant recompense' received since his last visit, five years before. His great poem marks a turning point in his writing about place, and registers the change from the poems published five years before: An Evening Walk and Descriptive Sketches. The essay considers these early poems in relation to Wordsworth's growth as a poet and suggests that in Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth moves from landscape poetry to become a true poet of place. For Wordsworth, place is filled with human associations and stories, and offers a way of expressing deeply personal things. The chapter concludes with a reading of 'Glen Almain', in which Wordsworth's creation of a poetry of place can be seen ostensibly as a response to his Scottish tour and the Ossian controversy, but less visibly and more profoundly, the death of his brother John.

Keywords: place, landscape, poetry, the Lakes, Switzerland, An Evening Walk, Descriptive Sketches, Lyrical Ballads, Glen Almain, Ossian

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