Sonnet composed upon Westminster Bridge
This poem, written by William Wordsworth in 1802, describes the view of London from the Westminster BridgeThere. There is an accurate description of the landscape, but also of the emotions that it conveys like the quietness, typical of the dawn. The poet reflect also on the coexistence between men and God and then between nature and civilization. The poem is made up of only one stanza which is composed of 14 lines, which have an irregular length. They all are aligned and begin with capital letters. There are rhyme scheme is regular (ABBAABBA CDCDCD) and there are four run-on-lines: lines 2-3 (“who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty”), lines 4-5 (“wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare”), lines 6-7 (“temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky”), lines 9-10 (“steep In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill”).
In the text there also are two similes like in lines 4-5: “…the city, like a garment, wears the beauty of the morning…” and in line 13: “…houses seem asleep…”. There’s a metaphor, too: line 14 “…all that mighty heart is lying...” In the whole poem there are many personifications like the city (in line 4), the river (in line 12) and some houses (in line 13). think this is one of the most amazing Wordsworth’s poems, because I could enjoy the sense of tranquility that it forward and because I really appreciated the comparison between Nature and men.