Study Guide

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 Tough-O-Meter

By William Wordsworth

Tough-O-Meter

(3) Base Camp

This poem has nothing to hide. It tells you right up front where and when it was written, and what it's about: beauty! Some of the metaphors and similes could trip you up, like how is morning like a piece of clothing, or whose heart is being referred to in the last line? But you'll find no SAT words or endlessly twisting sentences in this sonnet. Wordsworth is an expert at taking us to heaven without ever leaving earth.

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