A detailed analysis on William Wordsworth’s poemLondon 1802

As a function of understanding some of the historical and/or literary reasons why Wordsworth likely chose to write such a piece will herein be analyzed. It is the hope of this author that by seeking to shed a light on some of the trends, occurrences, and personal outlook that Wordsworth may have developed during this time can help to expound upon the particular world view that he espoused within the sonnet. As a means of breaking down the intent and historical significance of Wordsworth’s poem, key sections will be analyzed separately and inference drawn from a litany of motivating factors. The first aspect that can and should be realized is the likely bias that Wordsworth himself engendered with regards to the current state of literature that existed at his time. Moreover, as a function of cheap press and a plethora of cheaper novels, there seemed, at least to Wordsworth, to be a general paucity of good literature or talented writers. To his credit, Wordsworth does not set himself up to be in any way comparable to or capable of filling to eh esteemed footprints that Milton and others left behind within the realm of literature. Secondly, Wordsworth was likely influenced profoundly by the seeming loss of stature and empire that had transpired as a result of the Revolutionary War and other setbacks that the British Empire had faced in recent years. … It is worth noting that almost invariably throughout history as the status quo has changed there are harbingers of fatalism and those that preach that the current state of affairs is some form of punishment of the Almighty for a litany of grievances that have been practiced. It is interesting to note that Wordsworth’s own estimation of the situation, although not tacitly explicating this, sought to evoke strong religious imagery with regards to some of the possible reasons why the British Empire, literature, values, virtue, and courage had seemingly so completely and utterly failed. Further interesting to note is the fact that rather than the sonnet itself expressly mentioning God, it instead alludes to the return of Milton as something of a prophetic power that could assuage the moral decay, stupidity, and lack of stature that the Empire was currently faced with. It is of course not surprising that such a poem as this would be penned within the time it was. Due to the fact that the outlook for the British Empire at the time was bleak as well as the overwhelming amount of literature produced being geared tos are more or less non-intellectual audience, Wordsworth had good reason to believe that the decay that was being experienced would ultimately result in the complete destruction of the society and culture in which he had come to love so much. Although many have misunderstood the evocation of Milton to mean a literal person, Wordsworth rather uses Milton to define a type of understanding of what British culture, literature, and society should strive to resemble again rather than a literal call. An alternate and equally powerful way of integrating an understanding of what Wordsworth sought to effect by

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