To confirm my status as a total geek, Victorian Poetry was one of my favorite classes in college. And Wordsworth, well, he was the man. And Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey … that was THE poem. I can barely remember the names of my children, but I remember bits of Tintern Abbey.
“For I have learned
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue.”
That is the real deal, people, and on this day in 1790, Wordsworth visited the site that inspired the poem. Please excuse me; I need a minute.