Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth

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In William Wordsworth's poem "Composed upon Westminster Bridge," how does the speaker sense the "mighty heart" of London by viewing, from a Romantic perspective, the landscape of the city?

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In his poem titled “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802,” William Wordsworth writes in a Romantic mode about the “mighty heart” of the City of London. He does so in a number of ways, including the following:

  • In line 1, the speaker immediately mentions “Earth” – a fact that already helps suggest that this may be a “Romantic” poem. Whereas poets of earlier centuries often emphasized God, heaven, and the afterlife, the Romantics tended to be concerned with the visible world before them. The brief reference to God at the very end of this poem might almost seem perfunctory; certainly Christian themes are not stressed in this work as they might have been in a poem written, say, in the sixteenth or seventeenth century.
  • In the rest of line 1, the speaker shows enthusiasm for beauty – another common feature of Romantic poetry.
  • In line 2, the speaker posits the existence of persons whose souls are “Dull” – persons precisely the opposite of the Romantic, with...

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