2. “open to the fields, and to the sky”
“the river glideth on it's own sweet will”
The city is compared to being entwined with nature, opening up to the fields and skies, working together to bring that beautiful moment. The calmness of the moment is also compared to the way a river would calmly flow on it's own accord.
3. The writer is amazed by the calm and quiet of the city. For him it was an experience only reserved for nature, places far away from the busy schedule of the city. He loudly expresses his joy at the tranquil image, almost to the point of being giddy. He was used to the idea of the city being busy and endless, so actually seeing the city the way he did was definite experience.
4. Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 is a Petrarchan sonnet (also known as an italian sonnet) that devides the poem into an octave and a sextet. Between those two passages the poem takes a change of mood, describing the writer's amazement at the image.
Nortje uses a lot of images in his poem, describing the beauty of the buildings and the city by comparing it to nature. He puts a lot of emphasis on the life of the scenery, describing it in detail by personifying the city and nature. He describes the air as bright, glittering and smokeless, the image you would expect far away from the city. You can see the calmness of the city, almost to the point of feeling the sensation. The imagery of the sun is also important, as it's the sun that brings out the beauty in the early monring city. He personifies the city, thus emphasising the beauty of the city in silence.
The overall tone of the poem is one of amazement, perfectly conveying the emotion the writer experiences when seeing the early morning of the city. Almost conveying a sense of tranquility where you...