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

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What is the appropriateness of the figure of speech in line 1 of "Composed upon Westminster Bridge"?

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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 display is the most "fair," or pleasant, the speaker has seen. The figure of speech is appropriate because the rest of the poem goes on to detail the wonderful natural environment Wordsworth observes.

Another figure of speech is seen a few lines later:

This City now doth, like a garment,...

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