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Compare and Contrast the depiction of London in Upon Westminster Bridge and From a London Drawing Room

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English Coursework - Poem Comparison Compare and Contrast the depiction of London in Upon Westminster Bridge and From a London Drawing Room The title of each sets the scene of where the poem is being written. From a London Drawing Room represents a high status and class. Upon Westminster Bridge is also literal as Wordsworth is describing his exact sights and feelings as does Eliot in From a London Drawing Room. The perspective is set very clearly in both poems. From a London Drawing Room is blank verse. The rhythm is no doubt placed to represent the monotony of London and how boring it is and also the endless, repetitive hustle and bustle. Upon Westminster Bridge is a Petrachan sonnet, has a rhyme scheme of ABBA CDC CDC and constant rhythm. It is Iambic Pentameter. It can be divided into an octet, which is descriptive of London, and a sestet, which is a natural world description, which also focuses on his emotions. ...read more.


Next we begin to get the contrast with nature in that Wordsworth says 'Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.' This implies that nature flows into the city, as does the city flow into nature, and, although they contrast, emphasise each other's beauty in the world. The words 'smokeless air' make it seem as if the poem was written before the industrial revolution, as there is no smog. Wordsworth also believes that the sun is more beautiful shining on the city than it is shining on the natural world ' Never did the sun more beautifully steep' This effectively says that the sun has never been more beautiful then when it is shining on London. This is a very personal thing to say as it purveys his personal feelings towards London. Besides the sight being beautiful, he also says it is very calming 'Ne'er saw I, never felt a calm so deep!' ...read more.


Even the natural world is affected by the disease that is London 'No bird can make a shadow s it flies For all is shadow, as in ways o'erhung' This is because London is all tall buildings and always overcast it is a good way of saying this. London is wearing clothes 'By thickest canvas, where golden rays Are clothed in hemp.' This is saying that the clouds are like thick clothes that block out the sun. It is personification of the city as wearing clothes. It makes the reader think about how the atmosphere is being destroyed and has been for a long time. Everyone in London is always hurrying 'No figure lingering Pauses to feed the hunger of the eye' The population of London are always on the move and don't take time to look around or take anything about their surroundings. They don't even stop long enough for Eliot to even be able to think about where they are going or might be going. 13/07/2009 Matt Winkless ...read more.

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