Composed upon Westminster Bridge



Cover of this title
Composed upon Westminster Bridge
William Wordsworth

A prototypical poem of British Romanticism drawing upon the city-country-dichotomy. An ode to the industrialised city of London in the morning hours, the quiet time before the streets start to fill with busy people. Seemingly atypical for romanticist escapism, the speaker describes the city of London as “a sight so touching in its majesty”.

· · 1807

Critical edition

Wordsworth, William. "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge." William Wordsworth: Selected Poems, edited by Damian Walford Davis, Penguin, 2007, p. 294. 14 l., ISBN 9780140424423

Jump to further sections

In favour of this entry

  • Classic
  • Explores historical contexts
  • Students can identify with the text