Descriptive Question-Answer form “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”
1. “A sight so touching in its majesty”― What ‘sight’ is referred to here? How does the poet describe the ‘sight’?
Ans.⇒ The sight of London city in the early morning, as seen by William Wordsworth, is referred to here.
The poet is so taken by the early morning-sight of London city that he refers to it as a ‘sight in its majesty’. London looks more beautiful than any other thing on the earth. It seems like the whole city of London has worn a dress made of the beauty of the morning. The air is smokeless and soundless because the time is very early in the morning. Ships, towers, domes, theatres are glittering in the smokeless air of the morning. It seems like the river is flowing in his ‘own sweet will’. This kind of calmness has never been felt by the poet before. The entire city of London seems asleep.
2. Justify the title of the poem “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”.
Ans.⇒ In the poem “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”, Wordsworth expresses his feelings about the early morning beauty of the city of London. The poet watches the beauty of London city in the early morning standing on the Westminster Bridge on the River Thames. The city looks so beautiful that he cannot but says that only a man of a dull soul can pass it without seeing it. The domes, towers, ships, theatres look as if they are lying under the open sky. As viewed from the Westminster Bridge, everything in the city is glittering in the smokeless sky. From the bridge, the poet can see the river as if it is flowing freely. The poet has never experienced such calmness before. The title clearly indicates the place of such a beautiful experience. So, the title is appropriate.
3. “The city now doth, like a garment, wear . . .”― Explain the line in the context of the poem.
Ans.⇒ In the poem “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge”, Wordsworth expresses his feelings about the early morning beauty of the city of London. The poet watches the city from the Westminster Bridge over the Thames River. It is early in the morning and the sun has just come out. When its golden rays fall on the city of London, everything in the city looks glittering and beautiful. The poet is so deeply touched by seeing this beautiful scene of London city that he personifies the city by saying that it wears the beauty of the morning. The poet here uses a fine simile to make others understand his feelings which he gets from this beautiful scenery of early morning London.