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

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In "Composed upon Westminster Bridge," why is the city so in tune with nature in this poem? In "Composed upon Westminster Bridge," why is the city so in tune with nature in this poem?

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When the author and speaker witness the city, it is asleep.  It is not in its hustle-bustle busily polluting the environment state.  The fog is still settled, the sun is just rising, and it is calm from his vantage point.  Had he seen the city from the bridge at the height of activity, I doubt this poem would have been written.

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Nature can be peaceful when it is quiet, and the city can be peaceful when quiet.  The poem describes how a city has the same rhythms of nature.  There have been other poems that do this more closely however.  For example, the flow of a river and the flow of traffic.  In that way, a city can be like nature. 

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I agree with Post #3 more than with Post #2.  Wordsworth is clearly saying that the city, as it is right at this point, is beautiful and in tune with nature.  He is saying, it would seem, that the city is only in tune with nature for so long as it is not awake.

So the brief answer to your question is that the city is in tune with nature because all...

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