Back story: In a poem as long and constantly evolving/changing as Wordsworth’s piece (“Tintern Abbey”, for short) that we’ve been reading, there are countless lines/phrases that seem to have a life of their own, that almost seem as if they could be a title for a new poem or story.
This is similar to when we listen to a song and find a lyric that seems to speak to something far deeper in our lives. We write it down so that it never is forgotten. It becomes an anthem for our lives — a shortcut expression that says how we’re feeling and how we see the world around us.
- Find one line from this poem that grabs your attention for any reason whatsoever (and not even because of what Wordsworth is trying to say in his own poem). Ideally the line/phrase has the potential to inspire a piece of writing, be the title of a poem/story, or just be a life anthem/quote for you personally.
- React to the line in one of two ways: 1) Explain why it has such an impact on you or 2) write a short paragraph/poem that is inspired by (or uses) the line/phrase.
Length: 7+ sentences/lines