Composed upon Westminster Bridge Commentary
The poem is a description of London in the morning and how he thinks it is really remarkable and eye-catching. In the first six lines he just describes it and how no body wouldn’t be moved by that marvelous scenery from Westminster Bridge; in lines nine through fourteen he compares the scene he saw to nature because natural scenes are always beautiful and “smokeless” (Not polluted) and he also said that the view he saw is even more beautiful than any “Valley, rock, or hill”. The poet saw London in the morning and it’s the most important reason why London is so beautiful, everybody is sleeping, there is no noise what so ever, no steam engines running to cause smoke, and nobody is in the streets of London.
the poem is written in Petrarchan sonnet form which divides the poem into two parts, the first part is eight lines long and the second part is six lines long as well as having a contrast which is the comparison between London and Nature in the middle of the poem. “In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!” The poet said that he would never feel so calm and peaceful from nature than he did from the scenery of the sleeping London. We find the contrast when he starts mentioning nature and not man-made things “Open unto the fields, and to the sky”. This contrast further enhances the readers sense of peace and tranquility as can be seen through the poem.
The poet uses a lot of imagery to describe his experience or the view that he saw from the Westminster Bridge. “EARTH has not anything to show more fair” The poet uses diction to support his imagery, through the whole poem he uses words like “Garment”, “Ships”, ”Towers”, and “Domes”, he also uses the setting as an imagery as well as natural things such as sky, rivers, valley, hill, and rocks.
The poet uses metaphors and similes to have this effect on the reader to imagine how gorgeous the view is. For example...
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