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Copy of Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3,1802
Transcript of Copy of Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3,1802
It is difficult to figure out a destict meaning to this title since this poem was named after where and when it was written. by William Wordsworth Biography
William Wordsworth was born in 1770, and from the beginning, nature was a major infulence on his life. He started traveling in 1790 when he took a walking tour through parts of Germany, France, switzerland, and Italy with a friend. Shortly after, he spent another year in France. There he was able to closely observe the revolution. Later in 1795, he and his sister, Dorothy, were free of thier legal gaurdians, so they moved to Dorest where they met Coleridge. The three of them lived together in Somerest for two years. In 1798, the first edition of Lyrical Ballads was created; this volume featured works by both Wordsworth and Coleridge. The two of them and Dorothy returned to Lake District in Germany. Wordsworth and Coleridge stopped being friends in 1810. Wordsworth continued to write poetry, but it was not some of his finest work. He eventually died in 1850. Earth has not anything 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, lik 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 littering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er 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! Structure
Iambic Pentameter Speaker
The speaker could possibly be a man, and it sounds as if he is speaking to someone who is not there, also known as an apostropy. He is telling the reader about a topic that is very important to him. The speaker probably repesents Wordsworth. Figurative Language
The tone of this poem seems to be both positive and negative. The speaker is praising nature and claiming that the city is beautiful in the morning just like nature always is. This shows the positive side of the speaker. However, the speaker is also saying that people have become very materialistic, and this aspect gives the impression of a more negative feel. Theme
A large theme of this poem is love for nature, and people should take the time to stop to admire its beauty. Another major aspect of this poem is that people have become materialistic, so they should reconnect to nature. But in the morning, the busy city becomes calm and quiet, so it is just like reconnecting to the tranquility and beauty of nature. Romantic Characteristics
Love of nature is an important Romanctic characteristics shown in this poem. This poem depicts a calm, tranquil London early in the morning that is undisturbed and untouched like nature. Key Word
A word that extremely important but is not actually stated in the poem is nature. Another important aspect is the beauty of the morning and silence that fills the city, Historical Context
This poem was written on Westminster Bridge, above the Thames River in London, Enlgand. It is located between the north side of Westminster and the south side of Lambeth. The bridge is painted a vibrant green to match leather seats in the House of Commons, located on the side of the Palace of Westminster closest to the bridge, and to contrast the red seats in the House of Lords, which can be found on the opposite side of the Houses of Parliament. From 1739-1750, the bridge was built. It was designed by Charles Labelye, a Swiss architect. From 2005-2007, the bridge was completely refurbished; this included repainting the entire bridge and replacing the iron carvings.
"Westminster Bridge." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 22 Feb. 2012. Web. 26 Feb. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_bridge>. Punctuation
Wordsworth uses exclamation points to emphasize ideas that he feels are important. He does not use a any periods but colons and semicolons. There are several commas in this sonnet, mainly to separate words in a list. Controversy
In lines 5-7, "The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,/ Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie/ Open unto the fields," there is clever pun. One way of reading this pun is the city and all of its buildings lie and not tell the open fields or nature the truth. This might suggest that the city is better than nature. Another interpretation of these lines is the city is lying down on nature , depending on the fields to hold up the buildings. This could give the idea that city needs nature to survive.