Back story: Every student will be writing a 4-stanza poem in the style of William Wordsworth’s “Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey: On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour. July 13, 1798”. The heart and soul of his poem speaks to the “sublime” and “blessed mood, / In which the burden of the mystery” of nature continues to impact him many years later (in spite of the way he may feel “‘mid the din / Of towns and cities” at times).
Challenge: Your poem — like Wordsworth’s – will focus on a single moment you spent time alone in some form of ‘nature’ at least 2 years ago.
- Describe a natural setting that you visited years ago that continues to inspire you and may even be a place you occasionally still daydream about returning to, especially during the stressful times of your life.
- Focus on visually striking descriptions. Really try to ‘paint’ a picture in the minds of your readers.
- Don’t worry as much about ‘why’ you were there. Instead, focus on the way the natural setting affected you and your senses.
Length: 7+ sentences.