However, this paper focuses on the vocabulary used in the sonnet, the discourse sequence and the cultural reference. While the poems themselves are some of the most influential in Western literature, it is the preface to the second edition that remains one of the most important testaments to a poet's views on both his craft and his place in the world. One of the poetic devices that he used is personification. The second quatrain generalizes about the skyline shapes without detailing them. Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! Only people can wear clothing , so London must be personified.
It can be regarded as a question to God when the speaker says that even the houses seem to have fallen asleep. All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. In general it is hardly possible to see any of them caused by pollution etc. Wordsworth was a famous Romantic poet. It would be a very 'dull' person who could pass through without stopping to appreciate the 'majesty' of what he sees.
The title of the poem is not very special,in fact it only imparts a reference to how the poem was composed,which is a modern way of looking at the subject of poetry. Streets and other public places were noisy and dirty and a terrible smell, like in Paris at that time, must have filled the air. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to provide an analysis of the main linguistic features such as the vocabulary used by Wordsworth and also the discourse structure. The rhyme scheme of the poem is abbaabbacdcdcd. But these man-made marvels have yet to come to life in the early morning.
The beauty of such simple things can be seen better when all is still. Critical Analysis Composed upon Westminster Bridge is one of the most anthologized poems of Wordsworth. 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 various landmarks visible from the bridge, including and the , stand before him in all their grandeur in the morning light. Genre: Lyric Structure: This poem is written in Petrarchan sonnet form.
The independence in the river's flow intensifies the thrill of it's journey;in the early morning all the houses seem to be asleep as their inhabitants perhaps still seem to be seeking comfort in tranquility. This poem also contains examples of personification, which assigns human characteristics to non-human objects. The speaker begins by asserting that the view before him just might be the best thing in the world. Wordsworth develops theme by using figures of speech, imagery, and tone. London during the workday was rude and dirty. GradeSaver, 17 November 2007 Web. For another Wordsworth poem about London, check out our ; for another sonnet, see.
To make this less abstract, the following examples are selected from Wordsworth sonnet. The starting line itself gives ample evidence for his mastery over the language. Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! How far in detail this poem contrasts with other pieces by Wordsworth will be clarified in the main part. And what is this splendid sight? London is wearing the morning's beauty like a fine shirt or cape. The entire city seems to be sleeping. According to industrial production the city was covered by fog nearly everyday.
Between these two is a break called a volta which emphasises the traditional change in mood or subject between the octave and sestet. Suddenly the city turns into a big sleeping body. In a burst of emotion, he pictures the city as blissfully asleep before another busy day. This quote helps develop theme because during the day everyone in London would be out,. The speaker starts out with a huge exaggeration: of the scene before him, 'Earth has not anything to show more fair. The poet could be forgiven for thinking that this is not London he's looking at but some other natural habitat, perhaps a mountain or a series of lightly lit cliffs and rocks.
The poet says that he neither saw nor felt such deep calm ever before. In her diary, Dorothy wrote: We mounted the Dover Coach at Charing Cross. Generally apart from human, all the male animals are more handsome when compared with the female ones. The time is so early that all is quiet. Not only is the beauty enchanting, but also the peace and calm which the scene has on the mind of the poet: In such an atmosphere even the houses seem asleep and all is still. A coach they were travelling on paused on Westminster Bridge, and the view of the city somewhat surprised Wordsworth.
Some are critical of the poet for portraying London as some kind of sublime idyll, when the true nature of life in the capital was far more brutal and down to earth. Furthermore this is a sign of personification as towns cannot be considered royalty as they are only used for humans. Although Wordsworth worked on The Prelude throughout his life, the poem was published posthumously. Line 12: Like the sun, the river is personalized as well. This created a different atmosphere in the two poems even though they were. A touching sight is intimate and personal, while a majestic one is grand and public.