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Literature Essay – “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”

In our class of Literature we had read a poem called “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” by William Wordsworth and our teacher told us to make an essay. This is my essay.

Explore amazement (Surprise) at nature and man-made objects in “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”.

“Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” is a poem written by William Wordsworth which describes how amazed is the writer about the city of London in the early morning. He feels amazement for both elements from nature and man-made objects.

First of all the writer personifies the city because he states that its heart is resting, “And all that mighty hearts is lying still!”, as the sun is rising due to the early morning. In addition he assumes that this same heart beats quickly during the day. He finds that the city and nature co-exists harmonically, “All bright and glittering in the smokeless air”, this means the smoke that shimmers from factories, towels or the city itself does not pollute London. These two examples clearly show the positive view the writer has of the man-made objects. He feels amazed by them and does not think they interfere with nature, on the contrary, they co-existed.

Secondly the writer expresses his amazements with regards to nature, “Never did sun more beautifully steep”, Wordsworth personifies the sun by saying that it has never shown so wonderfully and lively in the city; as if the sun were extremely happy to lay its rays on the city. Another example of nature personified and being happy to be part of the city is the river, “The river glideth at his own sweet will”. Here it can be seen that river is feeling wonderful moving at its own pace. Moreover, the word “sweet” goes hand in hand with the positive feeling the writer is describing.

In conclusion the amazement that the writer feels for the city of London is shown on natural elements as well as man-made objects.


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