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Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

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Quote #4

Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; (line 9-10)

These lines are the most explicit contrast between the city and the countryside. It's hard to tell if Wordsworth actually means to say that the London sunlight is more beautiful, or whether he wants to use the beauty of the countryside, which he takes for granted, as a way to express the unique qualities of the morning.

Quote #5

Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! (line 11)

The words "not" and "never" express the singular beauty of the city throughout the poem. The speaker seems taken by surprise, as if he never would have thought that London could produce a sense of calm.

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