Both of these words are what Wordsworth is trying to write that man does not have. The rhyme scheme of the poem is abbaabbacdcdcd. The rhyme scheme of this sonnet is straightforward. The city wears a garment, yet it is bare. This poem is a Petrarchan sonnet. Lesson Summary William Wordsworth's Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 features a speaker looking at London just as the sun rises.
Most of the Romantic poets,including Wordsworth had mastered the art of writing in a very unique style that was able to maintain the grammatical perfection of poetry while at the same time giving the reader his turn to see through the realistic dimension of the subject matter of the poem. He uses visual imagery to make us picture the beauty he is it witnessing. The poem is about the experience of crossing Westminster Bridge early in the morning and seeing the calmness and beauty of the city of London. The Romantics had a fascination with the classical civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. This shows interest and enthusiasm in the subject. The speaker finds delight at the natural beauty that continues all around him as industrialized civilization rests. The connection with the dress metaphor is established through the image of the city being steeped in the light of the sun and then the paradox is extended to the strange union of being dead or asleep and being alive.
Thus the paradox that is developed all through the poem reaches its final statement in this line. In this descriptive poem, Wordsworth goes into the finer details of what he sees and what is around him. Furthermore, note that the repetitive rhyme scheme gives a flowing sense of time — it beats, as the city beats, sluggish and slowly. While living in France, Wordsworth conceived a daughter, Caroline, out of wedlock; he left France, however, before she was born. How the city was so calm that for those moments it was peaceful.
Note the lack of life throughout the poem, aiming towards an almost alien landscape, a familiar icon turned completely unfamiliar due to the way that it is completely silenced. The reduced version of a petrarchan Sonnet by Hopkins praises God for all the odd and strange things within nature. The poem, revised numerous times, chronicles the spiritual life of the poet and marks the birth of a new genre of poetry. At regular intervals, the poet intersperses commas, semi-colons, and exclamation points seemingly at random, thus giving the poem a forced method of reading. Here is the poem, and a few words by way of analysis: Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning: silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
How far in detail this poem contrasts with other pieces by Wordsworth will be clarified in the main part. Wordsworth sees the beauty in London and Blake sees only the ugliness. William Wordsworth expresses his feelings and views about the majestic morning view of London through this poem. Selected Bibliography Poetry An Evening Walk 1793 Descriptive Sketches 1793 Borders 1795 Lines Written Above Tintern Abbey 1798 Lyrical Ballads J. And what is this splendid sight? This makes the word, when read out loud, very heavy and further connotes the shame the person ought to have, even though this puts the next few words in an awkward arrangement.
The poem, although written in 1802, was published in 1808. For another Wordsworth poem about London, check out our ; for another sonnet, see. Composed upon Westminster Bridge is an Italian sonnet written by William Wordsworth. William Wordsworth: Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 Earth has not anything to show more fair; Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. They both wrote their poems during the Age of Romanticism, seven years apart.
In the first line, Earth has not anything to show more fair, Wordsworth is comparing the city to the Earth saying that there is nothing more beautiful upon it than the city of London. In the poem, London is apostrophized as a fair lady, and the sonnet is dedicated to her magnificence. The way Wordsworth uses imagery, figures of speech and tone in the writing of Composed upon Westminster Bridge is how he can get other to feel as if they were there that morning to see and feel what he did. It is a sonnet, made up of fourteen lines. It is as though he is surprised at how the simplest things from nature can sway our emotions. The organic beauty of Nature is foregrounded in a commercial city.
Wordsworth uses personification in several places in the poem, in reference to the city, sun, river, and houses. William Wordsworth growing up spending most of this time alone and almost always around nature, typically writes of how we are affecting nature. The nature is described as beautiful whereas the city is calm. Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth Poetry Foundation agenda angle-down angle-left angleRight arrow-down arrowRight bars calendar caret-down cart children highlight learningResources list mapMarker openBook p1 pin poetry-magazine print quoteLeft quoteRight slideshow tagAudio tagVideo teens trash-o. By the sound effect it creates it contradicts the explicit verbal meaning of the line in which it appears. The independence in the river's flow intensifies the thrill of it's journey;in the early morning all the houses seem to be asleep as their inhabitants perhaps still seem to be seeking comfort in tranquility. The technique of hyperbole, or exaggerating for effect, is evident in the poem.