Ah, England – land of great literature, good manners, and delicious tea. William Wordsworth had many reasons to be proud of his country, but in "London, 1802," he instead focuses on its shortcomings. The poet points out many of the great traditions of England's past that he thinks his modern day compatriots have left by the wayside; the point of this is not to tell his fellow countrymen how much they suck, but to remind them of the greatness of their country's former glories. By highlighting what he saw as the flaws of his society, he also reminds readers of how great England (and the English) can be.
Based on Wordsworth's claims in "London, 1802," a country's true success – its "inner happiness" (6) – relates to its cultivation of strong national traditions.