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Composed upon westminster_bridge

  1. 1. William Wordsworth
  2. 2. How is the Beauty of Nature presented in “composed upon Westminster bridge”
  3. 3. How is the Beauty of Nature presented in “composed upon Westminster bridge”
  4. 4. Upon Westminster Bridge is a sonnet praising the beauty of London and comparing It favorably to the wonders of nature. William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770 at in Cumbria. His father was a lawyer. Both Wordsworth's parents died before he was 15, and he and his four siblings were left in the care of different relatives. As a young man, Wordsworth developed a love of nature, a theme reflected in many of his poems . 'Lyrical Ballads', a collection of poems published in 1798, mostly by Wordsworth is generally taken to mark the beginning of the Romantic movement in English poetry. The poems were greeted with hostility by most critics.
  5. 5. William Wordsworth was a leading figure in the Romantic movement and although many of his poems deal with rural themes Upon Westminster Bridge describes a very urban landscape. Poet William Wordsworth was one of the major poets of the Romantic movement in Britain, and his poetry is generally focused on nature and man's relationship with the natural environment. Many of his poems are focused on the landscapes of the Lake District, paying particular attention to the power of nature and the ordinary people living and working on the land. This poem is perhaps a little unusual for Wordsworth as it takes the city of London as its subject.
  6. 6. William Wordsworth is an important Romantic poet. His poetry focuses on feelings and emotions, often those provoked by interacting with nature. Other aspects of Romantic poetry are creativity and a less formal approach to the composition of poems than the period immediately before Romanticism.
  7. 7. • In lines 1 through 8, the speaker describes what he sees as he stands on Westminster Bridge looking out at the city. • He begins by saying that there is nothing "more fair" on Earth than the sight he sees, and that anyone who could pass the spot without stopping to look has a "dull" soul. • The poem takes place in the "beauty of the morning," which lies like a blanket over the silent city. He then lists what he sees in the city and mentions that the city seems to have no pollution and lies "Open unto the fields, and to the sky."
  8. 8. Brainstorm as many techniques you can find within this poem with evidence! You have 5 minutes, the highest scorer will gain 5 merits!
  9. 9. Personification Creates a sense of the city as a living creature. He writes of the city wearing 'The beauty of the morning' 'like a garment', as if the city has consciously clothed itself in nature. The city does not clash with nature but becomes part of it. Theme Nature is the dominating theme. London is not introduced in its negative aspect, but it is inserted in natural scenery. Connotation/Tone Positive leaves the reader in no doubt about the speaker's attitude to the sight before him. Words like 'bright', 'glittering', 'splendo ur' and 'glideth' create a magical vision of the city in the early morning light. Metaphor The city, represented in the last line by the metaphor of the heart, is thus alive because it is inactive and is dominated by its natural environment. Rhyme The natural parts of the landscape, the sunlight, the "valley, rock, or hill" as well as the river are now active, they dominate over the sleeping city, as is emphasized by the rhyming words ‘hill’, ‘at their will’, ‘lying still’. Enjambment In the octave express the boundless admiration for this beautiful sight, the overflowing emotion of the poet.
  10. 10. “This city now doth, like a garment wear” “The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,” The poet personifies the city as a person wearing beautiful clothes. "The river glideth at his own sweet will” The poet personifies the river as a person moving on his way at his own free will. "Dear God, the very houses seem asleep;” The poet personifies the houses as people who are still asleep in the early morning. "And all that might heart is lying still;” The poet personifies the mighty heart; the world of industry, as a person who is asleep. What effect does this have on the reader?
  11. 11. Individually or in pairs, look for 3 different images and describe them in 5 lines each.
  12. 12. The purpose of the artistic task is to express your understanding of the poem in a still picture. • In pairs, pick one image from the poem and create an artistic illustration on A3 paper. • You will present your work, highlighting what you found interesting in it. • I will be assessing your understanding of the poem.

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