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Composed Upon Westminster Bridge Analysis



Author: Poetry of William Wordsworth Type: Poetry Views: 14415

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.

Never did the sun more beautifully steep

In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;

Ne'er saw I, never felt a calm so deep!

The river glideth at his own sweet will:

Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;

And all that mighty heart is lying still!





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Dear diary:
here in th ghetto we get no sunshine jst rain but dis poem brings me 2 joy luv london luv westminister #bridge banter 4 life.
rite now life is v lonesome but dis poem sep 3, 1802 knows me

| Posted on 2014-04-24 | by a guest


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during the study of this poem i think....i can see the London of 1802.outstanding!!!a real masterpiece from William Wordsworth.

| Posted on 2013-05-16 | by a guest


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this is a quit beautiful poem..it displays the beauty of westminister\'s bridge at london and also how close william wordsworth was with nature. he truely is a legendrous poet. especially his this poem impressed me a lot ... beautiful pom.. truely a gud sight to be seen:)

| Posted on 2013-01-04 | by a guest


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Read Edna St Vincent Millay poem:
Gods World.
Millay feels same awe for the world around her.

| Posted on 2012-11-27 | by a guest


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this peom is quite exciting to true poem lovers not to blabbers.one can understand the beauty of nature and the comparrissons with london,all the beauty of it came from nature and the suns reflection on different colour buildings.IF you really want to see what the poet saw,wakeup early in the morning and shit on a hill that look down at your home town,then you will see the true beauty of the peom..CLEOZAN

| Posted on 2012-08-02 | by a guest


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this peom is quite exciting to true poem lovers not to blabbers.one can understand the beauty of nature and the comparrissons with london,all the beauty of it came from nature and the suns reflection on different colour buildings.IF you really want to see what the poet saw,wakeup early in the morning and shit on a hill that look down at your home town,then you will see the true beauty of the peom..CLEOZAN

| Posted on 2012-08-02 | by a guest


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i think that this is an excellent piece of literature for english students to analyse. wordsworth wants to fuse his love for nature with the scene he is observing standing over westminster bridge in london. he basks in the sight of the morning light illuminating the still horizon, however he knows that it wont last as long as he would like. the day will bring about its regular hustle and bustle happenings. the mighty heart will no longer be still.

| Posted on 2012-07-25 | by a guest


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Composed Upon Westminster Bridge is quite an ironic poem, due to the Romantic nature of the poet. The idea of exploring the sublime nature for individualism and imagination is at odds with the extolling of society, since many Romantics (Coleridge and Blake as examples) argued that the city was the precise entity culpable for limiting the freedom of the mind and tethering the individual from nature. Therefore, the individual/nature and the city was always in constant battle, one usurping the other, chaining the other (including the church and the state).
Wordsworth is arguing that the conception of society vs. individual is not always correct. Though the church does slave the individual (look at Blake\'s London poem) there are many accomplishment of the society, namely \"ships, towers, domes, theaters, and temples.\" More importantly, Wordsworth is calling for society and the individual to coexist. The juxtaposition of nature and the city in line 7-9 explicitly demonstrates one overlapping the other.

| Posted on 2012-04-04 | by a guest


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Comparing modern days poets to the old ones like Wordsworth and Shakespeare, one can actually see the decline in the quality of the poems. Not that the modern poets are not writing well but their subjects are either too unattainable or too simple for the reader. Hence, the beauty of these poems can only be experienced by reading such poems by people of the Middle Ages. In India, no poem is better than the ones by Rabindranath Tagore and still older, Kalidasa. If one wants to treat himself to the joys of literature, reading poems by these masters of poetry is the sure way to do it.

| Posted on 2012-03-12 | by a guest


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I think the most illuminating aspect of this poem, especially for the dum-dums coming on here and having a moan, is the total lack of people in this \'beautiful\' view of London. Hmmm?

| Posted on 2011-12-09 | by a guest


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horrible,
I study english as a second language and don\'t understand
this at all.
I hate this poem after spent hours on it.

| Posted on 2011-11-08 | by a guest


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bad poem
really bad
extremely bad
i cant understand a thing of that crap

| Posted on 2011-10-19 | by a guest


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this is a really nice poem,it tells how it is like in the morning.

| Posted on 2011-06-21 | by a guest


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Out with all the negative comments! Wordsworth has described an everyday view in an astounding way. Dare to beat the Classics.

| Posted on 2011-05-11 | by a guest


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I believe this to be an indirect outburst of the tranquility felt by Wordsworth post-visit to his french lover and daughter.
Wordsworth himself described poetry as \'the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings\'.

| Posted on 2011-05-05 | by a guest


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well i love analyzing poems .... n willian wordsworth n robert frost are my favroite . :)

| Posted on 2011-04-14 | by a guest


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I dont care about the text!!!! The stupid think is that I have to write an assey about it:/

| Posted on 2011-03-07 | by a guest


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in my humble opinion this poem is shit
but there are many wierd people out there who get turned on by this shit and i respect that.
even though it is dirtier than a rbid tramp taking a shit in a dustbin.
this poem is worst than hitlers gas bill

| Posted on 2011-03-03 | by a guest


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i actually liked this poem because it actually talks about something real at least

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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Rubbish poem in my opinion. Some classic lines but no appeal to the younger generation. To dated now.

| Posted on 2011-02-15 | by a guest


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Seems strange that W. (not the 43rd president) would be praising the city without a thick as London fog of satire. And we can see that in the transition from lines
3 - A sight so touching in its majesty:
to
4 - This City now doth like a garment wear
where the city is covering up the natural beauty and only morning in silence and bare of people and industry shows a hint of the beauty.

| Posted on 2011-02-12 | by a guest


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its a good poem but its complicated to analyse :\'( ..

| Posted on 2011-01-27 | by a guest


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This poem will only be liked by those who have experienced the beauty of morning!

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest


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this was actually pretty usefull i agree with most of the people who said that the poem is talking about the beauty of londom
tito

| Posted on 2010-12-13 | by a guest


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what i understood from this poem , is that he is talking about the view he sees from westminster bridge, due to the industrialized society , when everyone is still asleep there areno factories working therfore the air is still quite clean , i guess he just gives credit to the city as to how lovely it is

| Posted on 2010-12-11 | by a guest


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Composed Upon Westminster Bridge is a sonnet poem, the poet using his images of London, more specifically the beauty he sees, as a metaphor for the love he feels for his mistress in order to woo her.

| Posted on 2010-12-04 | by a guest


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composed upon westminister bridge is a sonnet this is a momentry poem. the poem is describingwhat he sees, thinks,and feels on a spefic day on a spefic moment
sonnet-is a poem of fourteen lines each lines has ten sylables

| Posted on 2010-11-29 | by a guest


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this poem was written upon wesministers bridge as his title suggest. it is a sonnet and he is illustrating the beauty of the city as the sun is rising and before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.he is adniring the city in its glory

| Posted on 2010-11-12 | by a guest


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wtf?? NONE OF THIS CRAP IS USEFUL!! give up u freaks!!

| Posted on 2010-11-01 | by a guest


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i BELIEVE THAT WORDSWORTH IS WRITING THIS POEM ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE ITSELF... The poem is based on showing appreciation and admiration for nature as he admires \"the beauty of the morning,\" \"splendor valley, rock or hill.\"
In overall Wordsworth compares the majestical beateous city i tink :) ****Kevi*

| Posted on 2010-10-23 | by a guest


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Thanks to the people who actually went through the effort
of making a proper analysis of this poem. The people who are flaming in there posts and the people making stupid comments should not be here!

| Posted on 2010-10-18 | by a guest


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When Wordsworth mentions \'The mighty heart is lying still!\' The word \'lying\' is spelt differently and therefore a pun. He is lying to himself that this city is as beautiful as he describes. It is a \'lying\' image of the city.

| Posted on 2010-09-29 | by a guest


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\"this is such a stupid poem even my mum says its alll crap they cant expect us to write about this in engkish its so old and stupid!!.\"
Well, I suppose we need someone to pick up litter.

| Posted on 2010-09-28 | by a guest


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Kinda helpful, pity about the random idiots commenting for no reason-for a really good summary of composed and the comparision with london check out bbc bitesize-english literature-then just scroll till you find it-stupid english coursework! When am i ever going to write essays about poems in the future please?

| Posted on 2010-09-12 | by a guest


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Wordsworth uses a lot of positive language in the poem, making his views very clear about the sight before him. He uses words like “glittering”, “bright”, “glideth” and “splendour” to add a magical feeling to the poem. It is as though he is in awe of the sight he is experiencing. He uses personification throughout the poem to create a sense of the city being a living creature, and giving it a personality, “the river glideth at his own sweet will”, “the very houses seem asleep”.

| Posted on 2010-06-13 | by a guest


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Iambic Pentameter is the measurement of beats in a line of poetry. Pentameter means five beats. Wordsworth and Shakespeare as well as other poets often used five beats in a line as it makes the line read like the speaking voice. You will also come across poems using Iambic tetrameter and quatrameter, which are used because it makes the lines read in a singing voice (Hence Wordsworth's and Coleridges joint effort 'Lyrical Ballads' in which all poems where written in Iambic tetrameter or quatrameter and were therefore Lyrical).

| Posted on 2010-06-07 | by a guest


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can someone please help me with the iambic pentameter i dont get!!!:/

| Posted on 2010-06-05 | by a guest


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This Kind-off helped me.
Some of people's comment im talking about. Not much alot.
What we are told to do is, look at this poem and compare it with William Blake's Poem 'LONDON'.
and we have to write like more than 5 pages of essay. and this help me quite.so thankyou

| Posted on 2010-06-05 | by a guest


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Wordsworth draws paradoxes in his attention to the sun clothing the city. He has most probably seen London in other lights at other times of the day and so he is in awe of its majesty. Thrown bare to only sunlight before the city's heart beats when everyone awakes the city is calm and serene like the water which is normally fullof trading boats. Noisy and dirty. In addition the industrialisation has brought noise and dirt and chaos as well as pollution to the landscape but not at this early hour.

| Posted on 2010-05-24 | by a guest


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this website is not crap, but its not too useful either. u stupid people who posted the last few comments are just just complete idiots. what is your problem?

| Posted on 2010-05-20 | by a guest




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