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Tintern Abbey

I have just been listening to Michael Sheen's recording of Wordsworth's Tintern Abbey. What a wonderful experience. How Wordsworth had changed since he first surveyed this same pastoral scene five years earlier! How he had grown - emotionally, intellectually and spiritually !

I am, of course, very conscious that we have our very own Tintern Abbey here in Wexford. In 1200 when William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, set out to complete the conquest of Ireland, he was threatened with shipwreck and swore that he would build an abbey wherever he safely landed. He landed safely on Bannow Bay in south Wexford and immediately arranged for an abbey to be built on 9,000 acres of land. It was called Tintern Abbey because its first monks came from the original Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire in Wales of which Marshall was a patron.

At the Dissolution of the Monasteries (1536-1541) it passed to the Norman Colclough family who amazingly continued to hold on to it until 1959 when the last of the Colclough family died.


What you say about Wordsworth reminds me of something Mark Twain once said about his father. He said, as he himself reached manhood, it was amazing how much more intelligent the old man got!

The best writing, I think, changes and becomes more, as we grow.

That Abbey is gorgeous. Is that blue crane thing washing the windows? I guess they must have to do that.
Yes. Things can take on a new significance for us as we get older. We see things in a different light.

The blue thing is part of a necessary effort at maintenance of what is now a ruin.
How interesting! I didn't know there were two Tintern Abbeys. We studied Wordsworth's poem for O-level English when I was at school, though I suspect I would enjoy it more now. I'm sure it will be in one of my poetry books.
I recommend you just sit back and listen to Michael Sheen read it on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_k66TJ8gLc