What is the significance of the title of William Wordsworth's poem "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 about London, a major metropolis.
The words Westminster Bridge would tell people to expect a poem about London the same way that titling a poem "The Golden Gate Bridge" would indicate a San Francisco setting. Why, however, one might wonder, would a nature poet compose verse about an urban area?
Wordsworth writes this poem to communicate the way the city at dawn speaks to him. He finds a calm in watching it before it wakes up and begins to bustle deeper than what he has ever experienced before. He is so moved by the beauty and stillness of the this early morning scene that he wants...
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