Characteristics Of Romanticism In Composed Upon Westminster Bridge By Wordsworth

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The rebellion against reason is perhaps the most significant characteristic of the Romantic movement. As people of the era began to reject neoclassical formalism due to the start of the French Revolution, Romanticism was born. Romantics spoke of the self and its creative resources in powerful, at times “ecstatic” terms; whereas past movements ,such as the enlightenment era, emphasized the physical and intellectual mastery of the natural world. Due to the fact that there are many sectors of romanticism that make it easily applicable to every aspect of life, one can see that the authors of this time period often used themes as loose collection of diffused characteristics (Romanticism). Themes such as Love, Nature, and Man versus Nature have …show more content…
He successfully exemplifies the theme through the use of syntax, hyperboles and personification. In “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”, Wordsworth 's love and admiration for nature is demonstrated in the way he makes London seem like a part of nature rather than a separate sphere of existence. William uses a variety of somewhat overtly-exaggerated words to exemplify the beauty he believes he found on his exploration to Westminster Bridge. In the opening line, one can see that the author acts as if he is witnessing heaven on earth. The distinguishing quality of Wordsworth 's poems comes from nature itself and the mind 's capacity to shape everyday experience into something he views as beautiful. In the lines previously discussed, the poem embodied the view that nature is valued higher to him than it would be to the common person. As a Romantic author, it becomes understood that he magnifies the actual perception of nature. In addition to hyperboles and syntax, Wordsworth also utilizes personification to illuminate the theme. In several lines of the poem, William refers to the city, sun, river, and houses as living beings, although they are individually aspects of nature. In line four, the morning is compared to clothing, or a “garment.” Clothes are characteristics of a human, but when he gives London a personified treatment, he shows how important the …show more content…
Wordsworth believes children are innocent due to their close relationship with nature, but as society drags them along life, they lose the passion for nature and innocence that they once had (Romanticism.) This theme can be explained by his life experiences. After both of his parents died at an early age, he was forced to become independent; but in 1805, his brother John was drowned at sea, Wordsworth often looked at nature as a kind force. The death of his sibling changed his perspective; the incident led to his increasingly negative thoughts on nature as he got older. William did not turn a blind eye towards the loss of innocence or the change of people due to the impact of society. In “Lines Composed Upon Westminster Bridge,” he used syntax to help show the loss of innocence. In line two the word “dull” suggests that a sharp object was worn down over time; this metaphor is used to exemplify how human relationships and attitudes slowly deteriorate as people go through life. In the implicit metaphor, the dull person’s soul has been worn down by time and experience (Wordsworth 764.) Wordsworth also uses metaphors to get his message through. In line ten, he generally speaks of the sunrise, hinting on how the image metaphorically serves as “the beginning.” From there,

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