From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802


by William Wordsworth

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 Man and the Natural World Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (line)

Quote #1

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

Ah, so the speaker gives "earth" all the credit for the beauty of the scene. What about all the people who designed and built those towers and domes? Poor Christopher Wren. (Jeopardy points: Christopher Wren designed St. Paul's Cathedral in London).

Quote #2

like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; (lines 4-5)

Nature brings out the beauty in the landmarks of London. Interestingly, though, the effects of the light are compared to clothing, a product of human culture. It is hard to tell nature and culture apart.

Quote #3

Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. (line 7-8)

These images give London an almost heavenly appearance, and certainly make the city seem less cramped and crowded. Nature is the vast frame that surrounds the scene on all sides.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...