Explore how the poets memorably evoke a sense of place in Composed Upon Westminster Bridge and Where I Come From

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Explore how the poets memorably evoke a sense of place in ‘Composed Upon Westminster Bridge’ and ‘Where I Come From’

Composed upon Westminster by William Wordsworth is a celebration poem about how beautiful London is; an embodiment of purity where city and nature are deeply connected. This is surprising and therefore memorable as Wordsworth is regarded as one of the best Nature poets and therefore it is odd that he is praising the city, especially seeing as Wordsworth had attacked the city in the Prelude. It is presented almost as if it is a diary entry, a description of one man’s love of the best city in the world, “Earth has not anything to shew more fair”.

Composed upon Westminster Bridge is a Wordsworthian sonnet and its form is poignant as sonnets are usually used to illustrate love, and this poem is about his love of London. This poem is written in iambic pentameter, consisting of five pairs of unstressed and stressed sounds. However in the first two lines, the first syllable is stressed, ‘Earth’ and ‘dull’. This loose rhythm makes it sound more realistic and comes closer to a conversational tone. This tone allows Wordsworth to effectively evoke a sense of place. This is backed up by the fact that Wordsworth has titled his poem like a diary entry, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1803. This also shows that this moment was memorable to him as it was as if he wrote it in his diary.
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In Composed upon Westminster Bridge the River Thames is personified as someone drifting along at his own free will with no purpose or need, in essence a metaphor for freedom, “The river glideth at his own sweet will”. The form of the line mimics this sense; the sounds of the line are long representing the calmness of the scene and the word ‘glideth’ is onomatopoeic to the same effect. This imagery allows Wordsworth to create a sense of place.

In Composed upon Westminster Bridge, God is presented as a very positive figure as he has provided such ...

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