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

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"Write an essay in which you explore the way the sonnet represents the city to the reader." I was absent for the explanation of this poem and my lecturer dislikes me and thus refuses to explain the poem to me. I'm not asking for the answer on a sliver platter but i would appreciate it if someone would be willing to point out more or less what my essay should entail because I am absolutely stumped at what to say

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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 he is in an urban setting, but open areas are visible, and the overall impression is not polluted or spoiled by the surrounding civilization.

Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

In the second stanza, Wordsworth compares the city views from Westminster Bridge with natural scenery he has seen in the past, and finds the comparison quite pleasing. The sunshine on the buildings is apparently just as pleasant as sunshine on mountains and valleys; the impact on his view of life is identical. "Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!"

Your essay should examine the positive impression that London makes upon Wordsworth as he views it.

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Thanks you've really shed some light and now its time to get cracking on this essay! :D


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