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An individuals hometown is one of the most important ties that a person can have Memories of all sorts can be placed in the area that someone had grown up in However changes occur and being absent for a period of time helps the individual realize these changes William Wordsworth displays this realization in the sonnets Composed Upon a Westminster Bridge and London 1802 Westminster Bridge reveals Wordsworths feeling of leaving his hometown of London In the octave Wordsworth personifies the elements of London as the beauty of the morning rises up over the buildings as if they were open unto the fields and to the sky Already feeling homesick Wordsworth comments on how London seems to be reaching towards heaven and describes how the city seems fresh and unpolluted at dawn when London seems to still be asleep The sestet continues on to reveal London in a more romantic form At dawn the sun rises in his first splendor while the river glideth at his own sweet will the area seems so calm that the very houses seem asleep The authors overall tone of awe and content portrays London as a peaceful calm almost heavenly environment Wordsworths sonnet London 1802 focuses on Londons digressive condition upon his return from Paris In the octave he calls out to John Milton author of Paradise Lost to tell him how England has turned into a fen of stagnant waters and that the metonymic clergy military arts commoners and the wealthy had all forfeited their ancient English dower of spirituality The people of England had turned more materialistic over the years losing their focus on religion and lack of being a civilized country Nature is used in the sestet to further describe how Miltons soul was like a star and how he had a voice whose sound was like the sea Wordsworth believed John Milton was influential by his humbleness godliness and how he led an almost sinless
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