We don't know about you guys, but we're all too familiar with those uncomfortable conversations that start with "I'm only saying this because I love you…" You know, the ones in which your best friend/significant other/parent tell you everything that's wrong with you, but try to frame it all in the perspective of life lessons. Well, Wordsworth kind of pulls that trick on his country in "London, 1802." The poem may come off as a harsh judgment of England at first, but if we take a closer look at Wordsworth's sonnet, we can see why – because he actually loves his country to bits. He may sound way harsh, but hey, he's only saying it because he cares.
While the poem ostensibly addresses the poet John Milton, it actually addresses the English people.