Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 Questions and Answers
by William Wordsworth

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Why does the poet use the words "calm," "bare," and "silent"?

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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 day, everyone is still asleep. Wordsworth utilizes descriptive words to create a semantic field of drowsiness and quietude which pervades the poem. These include "silent, bare," which he uses to describe the morning's...

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