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R.S Thomas and William Wordsworth. Compare and Contrast the works of two poets who write on the theme of people and the landscape.
He is the opposite of Thomas because he only sees the good in things. His work was influenced by the beautiful scenes he had excursions to as a child. A Romantic poet wrote poems which are calm and meaningful. For example, he wrote a poem called 'On Westminster Bridge.' This poem is about Wordsworth who is standing on the bridge and he describes what he can see. Not only the buildings but as well as nature. He also shares his emotion about the picturesque scenery. The first line shows that according to him, there is nothing better than this view anywhere in the world.
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An analytical comparison between Philip Larkin's 'Here' and Wordsworth's 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'.
What I interpreted from this is Wordsworth had a similar desire for tranquility and solitude as did Larkin. In Larkin's poem he is on a journey and so we can say he may be traveling on a train where he is isolated from the large industrial town he passes but can look out the window and make observations, this indicates he likes solitude and simplicity (as we later interpret from the later lines). Compared to Larkin, Wordsworth is observing from a neutral point as in the title he is upon Westminster Bridge.
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The fifth poem, Three years she grew, is less direct. It is made up of sextets with rhyming pattern A-A-B-C-C-B. These regular rhythms to the poems add to the sense of similarity and also to the simplicity of the poems. The simplicity of the language Wordsworth uses is present in all of the poems, however one poem in particular is more elaborate than the others. The word order in Strange fits of passion is more complicated than in I travelled among unknown men. This is used to emphasise the words at the end of the sentence; "...and wayward thoughts will slide."
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At no point in the sonnet does Wordsworth describe the actual construction which is the bridge. Instead he writes more about, I think, the general atmosphere of the place and describes it as: A sight so touching in its majesty So, here, we wonder if the sight is the bridge itself or if it has something to do with the day being so beautiful, or a combination of both. Either way the word "majesty" gives us a sense of grandeur and splendour and we can imagine the beautiful scene.
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