Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge," the poet is crossing Westminster Bridge into London during the very early morning. Wordsworth loved nature, but finds the beautiful, clear scene of the London...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016 6:16 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Your original question had to be edited as it contained more than one question. Enotes only permits you to ask one question at a time, so please refrain from asking multiple questions in the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011 8:58 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Blake and Wordsworth have very different takes on London, of course. For Blake, the city is a kind of hell, in contrast to Wordsworth, who sees it as "a mighty heart" lying asleep. These...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2021 12:05 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

As the previous educator notes, "that mighty heart" is a metaphor for London, which normally "beats" with life and vigor. The exclamation at the end of the poem is the narrator's expression of...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2017 9:19 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Let me get this out of the way first. "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" is an odd topic for Wordsworth. Why? Because he is a romantic poet. A key to the era of romanticism is nature. Romantic...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2015 4:54 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

The lovely poem "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" by William Wordsworth describes London as it was before the ravages of the Industrial Revolution filled it with pollution and...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2019 7:37 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In common with most Romantics, Wordsworth is deeply conscious of the existence of a primal force that runs through everything on earth, an organic world-soul pointing towards the realm of the...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2018 8:22 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Personification is a literary device whereby non-human things and objects are endowed with human characteristics. There are a number of such examples in "Composed upon Westminster Bridge,...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017 10:04 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

The first line of Wordsworth's poem reads, "Earth has not any thing to show more fair:". This figure of speech imagines Earth putting on a show, and not only that, putting on her best show. This...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019 5:12 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In the canon of English literature, few poets have eulogized nature as Wordsworth has. The poems expressing his love and wonder for the countryside and nature abound in the oeuvre of Wordsworth....

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016 5:22 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

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...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2011 7:19 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

The lines you're referring to read: This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning Notice the word "like" before garment. Wordsworth is using a simile here; there is no...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 8:13 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In this poem, William Wordsworth is ruminating upon the absolute and uncharacteristic calm that can be felt in London from Westminster Bridge in the early hours of the morning. At this point in the...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2018 8:49 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In this poem, Wordsworth's speaker stands on Westminster Bridge in the very early morning and views London. What strikes them most profoundly is the stillness and serenity of the city spread out in...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020 3:46 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Wordsworth generally wrote about nature, especially the nature around his home in the English Lake District. What's significant about the title, therefore, is that it signals that this poem will be...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2018 4:53 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

The air is smokeless because it's early in the morning and no one's woken up yet. London is still asleep as the speaker passes over Westminster Bridge. He acknowledges to himself, Dear God! the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 10:55 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Wordsworth always felt much more at home in the countryside than in the city. Yet one golden morning, as he was crossing Westminster Bridge in London, he was struck by the extraordinary beauty...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 9:05 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In the first image, Wordsworth compares all that he observes as he looks out across the city of London with the scenery that he would observe if he were looking out on a natural area from some high...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2012 4:35 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In William Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802," the speaker describes watching the sunrise over the city of London and the river Thames. From the title of the poem,...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018 10:42 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Wordsworth usually praises nature, as opposed to cities and man-made structures, in his poetry. However, in this poem, he praises the city of London in the early hours of the morning. In the first...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2013 5:11 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

The poem does change in tone, but the shift occurs earlier than in the line you cite here. Consider it in context: Ne'er saw I, never felt a calm so deep!The river glideth at his own sweet...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2011 12:37 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Although the time of day is not mentioned in the title of this poem by William Wordsworth, it is absolutely fundamental to the sonnet's subject and theme. Wordsworth is writing during a time in...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 9:34 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

You might want to focus on the way that the poem personifies the city of London, making it seem human. Note that we are told that London "like a garment" wears "the beauty of the morning," the...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2011 7:08 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

He feels "a calm so deep" as the city is about to wake up for another day. Wordsworth is often regarded as a nature poet, someone who derived his inspiration primarily from contemplating the...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 6:42 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Excellent question. It is very interesting that this, one of Wordsworth's most famous poems, is not actually based on the countryside or the Lake District of England, where he had been inspired to...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011 4:11 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In Wordsworth's "Composed on Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802," the speaker describes a scene of London laid before him that is beautiful, peaceful, and awe-inspiring, and he speaks of the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 12:10 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

While we usually think of Wordsworth as a nature poet, in this sonnet he describes London as he sees it from a distance in the early morning before all the activity and noise of the day begins. He...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2017 8:55 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

William Blake's "London" and Wordsworth's "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" are both about London. Blake's poem is four stanzas of four lines each and Wordsworth's is in sonnet...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013 5:12 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Nature in the Wordsworth poems you ask about is something to be thoroughly experienced, studied, and contemplated. For Wordsworth, nature is an essential, not an extra or hobby. Humans should...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2011 2:53 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

'This city now doth like a gament wear The beauty of the morning;' 'Dear God! The very houses seem asleep, And all that mighty heart is lying still.' In both these cases apparently inanimate...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2009 10:31 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In much of Wordsworth's other poetry, he celebrates the beauty of nature; not the beauty of cities and industrial centers. However, in this poem, Wordsworth marvels at the view of London from...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2013 3:40 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

This question is a little confusing, as the character Lucy Gray does not appear in Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge." "Westminster Bridge" is a sonnet—a lyrical work expressing an...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019 1:16 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

(eNotes educators may only answer one question per response. If you need more help, please resubmit further questions singly.) "Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802" expresses the...

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In Wordsworth's sonnet "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge," Wordsworth describes a view of the city of London early in the morning as the sun is just rising gently into the sky. He finds the scene...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 1:48 pm UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

There are two basic types of sonnets: English (two divisions here include Shakespearian and Spenserian) and Italian (Petrarchan). The types are named for the most famous authors, William...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2008 1:20 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

It's still early in the morning when Wordsworth composes his famous lines, so naturally there aren't many people about. And even if there were, it's unlikely he'd mentioned them anyway. Because in...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019 7:38 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Wordsworth is effectively saying that here is a place right at the heart of the city which is as beautiful as anywhere in nature. As with most Romantic poets, Wordsworth derived much inspiration...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 7:42 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

This poem by William Wordsworth takes London as its subject and is written under Romantic influence. As such, we can find thematic similarities between it and the poems of William Blake. Wordsworth...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 7:36 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

The poem expresses Wordsworth's impression upon viewing London, particularly the part of London visible from Westminster Bridge, in the early morning. He notes various items making it obvious that...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012 4:55 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

In this Petrarchan sonnet, Wordsworth describes the view of London from Westminster Bridge on a quiet morning in 1802 before the usually bustling city is awake and moving. When Wordsworth notes...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021 10:47 am UTC

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Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

First, Wordsworth uses the Italian sonnet form in order to express his feelings about the beauty of London first thing in the morning. An Italian sonnet is composed of an octave (group of eight...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 6:48 pm UTC

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