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Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

by William Wordsworth

Contrasting Regions: City and Countryside Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

Earth has not anything to show more fair: (line 1)

Hear that, Lake District? Wordsworth totally dissed you behind your back. (Lost? See "In a Nutshell.")

Quote #2

This City now doth, like a garment, wear (line 4)

Rather than contrasting two regions, you could see the poem as integrating two regions – the natural and the man-made. The city "wears" the pure sunlight like a shirt or jacket.

Quote #3

the smokeless air. (line 8)

The beauty of the city is praised for things that people usually associate with the countryside instead: pure fresh air, silence, and bright skies.

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