Two Perspectives On London

2368 WordsJun 24, 201810 Pages
Different people see things with different perception. Some people may look up to the better and brighter side whilst others look down to see the deeper and darker side. This is exactly what the two poems “Upon Westminster Bridge” and “London” show us. The two poems both depict the scenery and sights of the city London, but they are written in two different perspectives. Wordsworth’s “Upon Westminster Bridge” describes the majestic and splendid Westminster Bridge sitting along with the calm and serene River Thames on a Sunday morning. It is almost as if the city had worn ‘a garment’ that reinforces its beauty and grandeur. On the other hand, in “London” Blake portrays London as ‘chartered’ and ‘blackening’, with both adjectives used in a…show more content…
The first scheme is taken from the first eight lines of the sonnet, while the second scheme is taken from the last six lines. This is obvious that the rhyme scheme is divided according to the petrarchan sonnet, where the first eight lines describe one event and the last six lines describes another one. In the first eight lines, Wordsworth introduces to the reader the scenery he sees and describes London as ‘fair’ and ‘bright and glittering’. The last six lines are the feelings Wordsworth has towards the London he sees as he crosses the Westminster Bridge, when he writes ‘ne’er saw I, never felt a calm so deep’. There is a subtle rhythm in this poem with 5 beats in a line, which is also known as the iambic pentameter. The use of this is to emphasize certain diction in the poem. In the first section, the iambic pentameter emphasizes the words ‘Earth’, ‘fair’, ‘dull’, ‘touching’ and ‘majesty’. These words are all of a positive connotation except for ‘dull’. The words ‘’fair’ and ‘majesty’ almost creates the picture of a regal, poised and beautiful lady, which is exactly what Wordsworth tries to depict London as. As the poem continues, the reader would understand that Wordsworth had also intended to put an accent on ‘dull’ because he is trying to explain that the people who do not acknowledge the beauty of London are dull. Wordsworth is trying to support and defend his view by attacking the people who do not agree with him and calling them ‘dull’. This strengthens his
Open Document