Wordsworth being the most philosophical of the English poets has time and again in his poetry embodied his own philosophy of life. But in no poem of Wordsworth do we come across harmonious fusion philosophy and poetry as in his “Tintern Abbey”. “Tintern Abbey” written in July, 1798 and published in the Lyrical Ballads, it is the record of poet's spiritual development. Philosophy has here been transmuted here into deathless poetry. In other words, Wordsworth while recording his spiritual realizations and mystic perception, achieved in the blissful solitude of Nature far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife, has never ceased to poetic. It is became the philosophical perceptions that he has embodied in the poem are not bookish. He has recorded what has drowned in his mind in moments of most elevated thinking and meditation. The genuineness of his own experience is unmistakable and it has but a unique poetic distinction to all his utterance, in the poem.
Sir Walter Raleigh said that ‘romance’ throws over us the ‘magic of distance’. Ordinary events and experiences, if seen through the glamour of distance of time or circumstances, assume a charm which is defined as romantic. This is exactly what Coleridge has done in ‘Christabel’. Though we can not exactly place the events of the poem in any particular century, yet we are not far wrong in associating them with that vaguely defined extent of period known as the middle ages, while planning a new volume of poems (Lyrical Ballad 1798) to be jointly written by Wordsworth and Coleridge, Coleridge undertook to deal with the supernatural. As he himself tells us in “Biographia Literaria” (1817): “It was agreed that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural or at least romantic, yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for this shadow of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment which constitutes poetic faith”. The middle Ages provided Coleridge with themes, setting and atmosphere to which he wished to accomplish.