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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
Transcript of Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
September 3, 1802 Earth has not any thing to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Never saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! The very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!
William Wordsworth written by The city was being compared to a person that is wearing clothes, types of buildings described as clothes The city was being viewed as if the whole town was asleep in the morning sun Themes from the sonnet were used by the Asian American poet Hongo in his work "The Legend" (¶ 1) One of the main themes that Wordsworth used is the description of the city as though it was wearing the morning and the calm start of the day over the still sleeping city The scene that was observed by Wordsworth was one of the early morning sun hitting the city of London John Jones said that from the view from Westminster Bridge was just as Wordsworth described (¶ 1) The events from the poem actually took place in July of 1802 when Wordsworth was preparing to return to France with his sister, Dorthy Wordsworth The End Works Cited
Goldfarb, Sheldon. "Critical Essay on 'The Legend'." Poetry for Students. Ed. Ira Mark Milne. Vol. 25. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 21 Apr. 2010.
Jones, John. "Wordsworth: The Baptized Imagination" in The Egotistical Sublime: A History of Wordsworth's Imagination (London: Chatto and Windus Ltd, 1954): pp. 189–190. Quoted as "The Baptized Imagination in Wordsworth" in Harold Bloom, ed. William Wordsworth, Bloom's Major Poets. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 1999. (Updated 2007.) Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin= BMPWWord26&SingleRecord=True (accessed April 21, 2010).
Wordsworth, William. "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802." The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. Alice Falk, et al. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2006. 1548. Print.
Bloom, Harold. English Romantic Poetry. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004. 280. Print.
The End Wordsworth talked about rivers as actual beings in some of his works
"Rivers are, For Wordsworth, privileged emblems for the awarness of our nature" (Bloom, 280) The city was viewed by Wordsworth to be open to the sky