Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth
Questions and Answers
1. What is the rhyme and meter of this poem? What form of poetry do these schemes reveal the poem to be in?
The poem is a Petrarchan sonnet, written in iambic pentameter and following the rhyme scheme of A/B/B/A A/B/B/A C/D/C/D/C/D.
2. Find and record an example of personification from this poem.
Answers may vary. Example: The river is given the human quality of having its own will and houses “seem to sleep.”
3. What does the speaker compare to a garment? Who/What is wearing it?
The speaker compares the beauty of London to a garment, with the city itself as the model.
4. How would you describe the author’s feelings toward the city? Cite evidence from the poem to support your answer.
Answers may vary. Example: The author seems enchanted by the city as he watches the sun rise over it in the morning. He is overwhelmed with its beauty, “all bright and glittering.” According to him, “Never did the sun more beautifully steep” the world around the author in its light. The author reports he has never felt “a calm so deep!”