Nature plays an important role throughout William Wordsworth’s poem “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept 3, 1802”, not only in the sense that it is the setting but, also in the way it marries emotion to romance. Ideally, Wordsworth’s piece is reflective of his own fascination with nature, which is evident through his other pieces; but, with this piece, in particular, readers are given an insight into how Wordsworth is capable of using nature to describe something as simple as the things that exist around the Westminster bridge and enable them to vividly visualize it in their minds, with just the usages of words. The poem describes the bridge that crosses the River Thames, as peaceful, serene and beautiful. And, without reading further than the first line, “Earth has not anything to show more fair” (1), the reader is immediately met with the idea that this scene is beauty personified, a scene that is more beautiful than anything Earth has yet to experience. In addition to this, is his usage of figures of speech and imagery, all of which again paint a very serene and vivid image for the reader, as well as encompass the romantic feel of the piece. For instance, the scene could be assumed to be one taken place in the morning, a time in which a person could be assumed to be their most at ease; the start of the day, a time in which everything is calm, opposed to hectic:
The City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air
The person standing at the bridge sees that the air is calm and that they’re surrounded by silence. In a way, it could be assumed that they appreciate this moment of beauty and serenity, which could be assumed from Wordsworth’s usage of the simile ‘the city now doth, like a garment wear/ the beauty of the morning; silent, bare…’, in which he equated the beauty of the morning to a garment. This could also be seen as Wordsworth’s way of stating that the calmness is what cloches, protects and keeps the city calm, the way a piece of clothing would. What could also be assumed is that the city at this hour gives off a sense of innocence, and although it may be a temporary feel, the emotion conveyed through this comparison gives off the notion that the innocence will last longer. Wordsworth also utilizes tone to convey the emotion and romance seen from the Westminster bridge: “Never did sun more beautifully steep/ In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;/Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!” (9-11), which again is another way of Wordsworth glorifying the beauty of the rising sun, which when viewed from the Westminster bridge is perceived as a something to awe over, and this is confirmed from the statement: ‘Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep”. The beauty in this scenery as visualized through the words, marry the concepts of beauty and romance, a union that bonds two of what could be seen as Earth most extraordinary ideal, the beauty of the calmness in the morning and the sense of serenity that accompanies it.