Somewhere between the two lies poetic craft and the question of whether or not the poet has successfully twinned form with content. It thrives and slumbers and sleeps as the poet walks upon Westminster Bridge, and watches it doze.
This was at a time when destitute kids scraped a living sifting through the mud of the Thames for pennies, when the river itself was a stinking mess and many perished from diseases such as cholera.
In the second part of the poem, when he is closer to the city, the stanzas become more and more empathic through the use of exclamation marks, thus forcing a warped emphasis upon the ends of the phrase, and thus changing the flowing nature of the poem, mimicking the bodily excitement that the poet himself must have felt.
The speaker is adamant that a person would have to be dull Dorothy began her journal in while Wordsworth and Coleridge collaborated on Lyrical Ballads. Note the lack of life throughout the poem, aiming towards an almost alien landscape, a familiar icon turned completely unfamiliar due to the way that it is completely silenced.
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: It is made up of 14 lines: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, Earth has not anything to show more fair: There, too, he fell in love with Annette Vallon, who was some four years older than the young poet.
There he made friends with Captain Michael Beaupuy and became deeply involved in French Republican thought.
In contemporary times, London was hardly considered to be a place of beauty: Also, the City herself seems alive. Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy were on their way to the port of Dover in Julyen route for Paris.
On the one hand it's nothing more than fourteen lines of sentimental invention, with hyperbole; on the other it's a fresh perspective, an enlightened vision that lifts the spirit. All the rhymes are full except for lines 2 and 3: He is clear in his heart and mind.
It has been created through the marriage of nature and man, and produced in its infamy to stand there upon the Thames. The poem is a Petrarchan or Italian sonnetarranged into an octave or eight-line section and a sestet or six-line section although unlike some Petrarchan sonnets, Wordsworth does not have a blank line dividing the eighth and ninth linerhyming abbaabba and cdcdcd the abba abba rhyme scheme in the first eight lines is the giveaway that this is a Petrarchan sonnet.
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, Earth has not anything to show more fair: The river glideth at his own sweet will: The fourth line is interesting because it sets the reader and speaker in the absolute present; the reader is looking through the eyes of the artist as it were, as dawn lights up the architecture and the great river.
This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning: There are two analytical interpretations of this poem in this article. Composed upon Westminster Bridge is a Petrarchan or Italian sonnet, with the first eight lines, the octave, being observation, and the last six lines, the sestet, the conclusion.
As to the sonnet's inherent beauty, that is up to the reader, but there are some intricate rhythms involved in these lines, and the pace is controlled with clever syntax. But this is a city of dream-like quality, as yet unpeopled, set in fresh light, at rest, at ease with fields and sky, not yet subject to the smoke of the chimney stacks or the smog of industry.
Earth has not anything to show more fair: He is clear in his heart and mind. There are variations on this story but the basic idea is that Wordsworth was enthralled by the smokeless vista before him, interpreting the city skyline as a natural landscape, beautiful and quiet, most people not yet going about their business.
The cliffs are not as high as those in Switzerland, but they are rugged, and the land is settled mainly by shepherds and by isolated farmers. For the first nine years of his life, the family inhabited a comfortable house near the Derwent River.
There is also a kind of paradox in the idea that a city can be part of nature, or that an ugly, man-made city can be perceived as being as beautiful as a natural landscape. Wordsworth brings in that most romantic of notions, beauty, and attaches it to what is potentially one of the least beautiful of places, a growing, heaving city.
Lines 3, 4, 5 and 12 are iambic pentameter but the syntax and caesura interrupt the steady beat, reflecting the uncertainty and oddity of the scene.
So, in conclusion, beyond reality lies the romantic, be it a city turned into a natural phenomenon as in this sonnet, coated, some might say, in too sweet a layer of wonder.
And the metropolis comes alive in the following line - it wears the morning, a calmed personified giant. While William Wordsworth was taken with the glory of nature, that does not mean to say that he was unaware of the beauty offered in other places as well.
As the reader progresses through the poem, he is made to slow and thus to reflect upon what he is reading; the punctuation itself acts as a limitation on how quickly the reader can rush through the poem, thus lending aid towards imagining what is being stated in the poem itself.William Wordsworth and Composed upon Westminster Bridge Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, is William Wordsworth's sonnet to the capital city of London, written before the full effects of the industrial revolution had reached the metropolis.
Nalysis Of Composed Upon Westminster Bridge NALYSIS OF COMPOSED UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, SEPTEMBER 3, In Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3,by William Wordsworth, the speaker, again, his sister, reflects upon a beautiful view of the city by using such literary devices.
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, is William Wordsworth's sonnet to the capital city of London, written before the full effects of the industrial revolution had reached the metropolis.
Nov 23, · In "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge," the poet is crossing Westminster Bridge into London during the very early morning. Wordsworth loved. Although the title announces that it was ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, ’, this was probably the date on which Wordsworth completed the poem, a few days after he and Dorothy had returned to London.
This unseen poetry lesson helps students to analyse Composed upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth in terms of perspective and language.Download