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e extract from The Prelude is written mainly in the first person singular and in the past tense reminiscing about a happy winters day when Wordsworth was a child Wordsworth wrote this poem in 1798 when he was 28 years old looking back on his childhood which was spent largely among mountains at Hawkshead where he was educated The sonnet Composed upon Westminster Bridge is written mainly in the third person in the present tense and describes the skyline of London from above the Thames and is set early in the morning Wordsworth never lived in London and was not familiar with the bustling city that he was passing through The sonnet describes the tranquillity of the city before everyone wakes up and goes about their usual daily routine This poem is probably the more accurate of the two poems because Wordsworth could see the view whilst he was composing the sonnet whereas The Prelude was written looking back so some memories could have been forgotten exaggerated or distorted in some way The sonnet is fourteen lines long and all of the lines share the same approximate length of about ten syllables forming a
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