Critical Analysis: Westminster Bridge And Report To Wordsworth
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‘Westminster Bridge’ and ‘Report to Wordsworth’
‘Westminster Bridge’ is an Arch Bridge located in London and describes the nature and the beauties of London. ‘Report to Wordsworth’ by Boey Kim Cheng is replying to William Wordsworth about the sonnet that Wordsworth previously written back in September 3rd 1802, describing how nature is suffering due to human behavior and greed. It is proven that Westminster Bridge is a sonnet as the poem has a total of 14 lines.
Wordsworth back in September 3rd 1802 was a romantic poet who expresses his love towards nature and man-kind. There weren’t many cities nearby during when Wordsworth wrote the poem, he wrote about how beautiful London was of a city especially when there is no one around and the beauty…show more content… On the 1st line ‘You should be here, Nature has a need of you’. “You” can refer to either the reader or back to Wordsworth. Cheng also uses a Capital “N” to personify “Nature” as more human-like qualities. Perhaps also referring “Nature” as a person like “Mother Nature”. In line 5-6 ‘All hopes of Proteus rising from the sea have sunk; he is entombed in the waste we dump’. Proteus is a Greek sea-god believed in Greek Mythology whose home has been contaminated and polluted by our doing as humans to make the reader feel guilty. “Entombed” means to bury someone. Therefore, Proteus has been completely filled with the waste in the ocean. Continuing on the 7th line “Triton’s notes struggle to be free, his famous horns are choked.” Triton is the messenger of God who plays a horn. However, since the ocean is filled with waste and pollutants the water is completely contaminated and thick that the notes from the sound cannot be heard. Music is a way to express your feelings especially ‘romanticism’. Music can be soothing and provide a majestic aura and could symbolize peace, but due to human behavior music cannot be expressed and the world would be deafened. Cheng describes the situation as that we are now destroying it due to selfish acts; even powerful gods cannot stop the death of the natural world.
Wordsworth in the very 1st line mentions…show more content… On the 11th line Cheng “Poetry and piety have begun to fall, as Nature’s mighty heart is lying still”. Piety is referred to religion. Wordsworth was a Romantic poet since Romantic poets’ lusts on the idea of the respect of ‘Mother Nature’. Without nature, humanity wouldn’t be to grow to be as spiritual and loving; and that the world has gone to waste, that god cannot even help humanity as all faith in humanity is destroyed. “The lying heart of Nature is lying still”. Cheng implies that the world has not completely “died” yet, but is ‘dying’. This line contradicts with the final line of ‘Westminster Bridge’. Wordsworth’s definition of lying still is that ‘Mother Nature’ is at peace. And on Cheng’s perspective of lying still is that ‘Nature’ is beginning to destroy humanity. “O see the widening in the sky” creates a visual imagery of the ozone layer from the laid waste we live in. In the final line of the poem, Cheng finishes off with a powerful quote “God is laboring to utter his last cry”. The cry could go two different ways: one, the cry could symbolize the sense of the world’s suffering and sorrow. Two, the cry could foreshadow disasters such as floods and tsunami due to the wasted land that humanity has created. God has punished