This is a whole new view of a great city before it has properly woken up. On the one hand it's nothing more than fourteen lines of sentimental invention, with hyperbole; on the other it's a fresh perspective, an enlightened vision that lifts the spirit. This poem also contains examples of personification, which assigns human characteristics to non-human objects. Each poem gives a different message and a view, so the main point of the essay is to analyse the similarities and differences of city images in poems. Devastated by the death of his daughter Dora in 1847, Wordsworth seemingly lost his will to compose poems.
No doubting though the popularity of this well known sonnet, its scanty plot of ground, and its ability to split opinion down the middle. The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals. Pied Beauty is a curtal or curtailed sonnet, this is a structure of poem that Hopkins came up with himself. He indirectly says that silent is one of the essential acts for the human to be handsome as the nature. The rhyme scheme of this sonnet is straightforward. It is transformed by the brightness of the morning and is apparently unpeopled.
It is ironic that perhaps the most famous poem about London in the English language should have been composed by a poet who elsewhere claimed to be appalled and alienated by the metropolis, and who sought a real as well as poetic refuge in the distant Lake District. Blake might of thought negatively about London because at that time London was in the industrial revolution. Wordsworth, like many of his Romantic English poet buddies, loved this form because it hearkened back to the Italian Renaissance. For another Wordsworth poem about London, check out our ; for another sonnet, see. Very often the Romantics wrote of rural scenes far away from industrialized centers like London.
Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! The River Thames moves slowly beneath him. This emphasizes the perfection of the beauty of the morning, just as a garment flows smoothly over a body. The second quatrain generalizes about the skyline shapes without detailing them. He was travelling to France to discuss this with his former lover. Wordsworth brings in that most romantic of notions, beauty, and attaches it to what is potentially one of the least beautiful of places, a growing, heaving city.
The river glideth at his own sweet will: Dear God! The technique of hyperbole, or exaggerating for effect, is evident in the poem. London, even by the early nineteenth century, was a world of industrialisation, smog that is, smoky fog, created by industrial activity , as well as the centre of government and empire, two things that came under heavy scrutiny from the early Romantic poets. London then: The bridge William Wordsworth visited in 1802 was replaced in 1862. I couldn't possibly find a more beautiful vision than this. Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! He is clear in his heart and mind. He also uses metaphors very well to help compare the true beauty in nature to the man made structures and objects people see all the time and think of as astonishing.
Wordsworth, being a modern guy, was starting to experiment with the form and to write in a more conversational style. They left London early on the morning of July 31st, and Dorothy wrote about crossing over the famous Westminster Bridge to get out of town: Left London between five and six o'clock of the morning outside the Dover coach. Fair weather is often an inspirational awakening to the muse of poetry. The river glideth at his own sweet will: Dear God! 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. Upon Westminster Bridge is made up of fourteen lines, which is divided into two; an octave which is made up of eight lines and a sestet which is made up of the remaining six lines. They both wrote their poems during the Age of Romanticism, seven years apart. Others argue that Wordsworth had no option, being a romantic, seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses so to speak, having to express his feelings about what he saw at that time on the bridge.
The poet is describing what he sees, thinks and feels on a specific day at a specific moment. He then personifies the scene, giving life to the sun, the river, the houses, and finally to the whole city, which has a symbolic heart. Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! A curtal sonnet is normally ten and a half or eleven lines long and so makes exactly three quarters of a petrarchan sonnet like Upon Westminster Bridge. The speaker finds delight at the natural beauty that continues all around him as industrialized civilization rests. . Hmm, now this sounds familiar.
In her diary, Dorothy wrote: We mounted the Dover Coach at Charing Cross. 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. Gjeilo has a strong appreciation for music that is created for film, music that must improvise in support of time, place, and emotional involvement. 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. Sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge by William Wordsworth This poem praises the city of London at the height of its importance and expansion during the Industrial Revolution, it was at this time that the city truly transformed into the modern capital it is known as today. The rhyme scheme of the poem is abbaabbacdcdcd.